Martin Wisckol reports at the Orange County Register:
Meg Whitman’s campaign for governor has spent $162 million, with a record $142 million coming from the Republican billionaire’s own financial portfolio, according campaign finance reports filed Thursday. The reports cover the campaign through Oct. 16.
Democratic opponent Jerry Brown has spent $25.5 million, coming on particularly strong in recent weeks with $14.6 million of it spent this month, according to his report. Whitman has spent $22.8 million this month.
Brown had $11.6 million left. Whitman had $12.6 million in her campaign account, but hasn’t hesitated to add more from her fortune when needed.
In addition to money raised by Brown, public employee unions have spent more than $20 million in separate independent expenditures, helping keep Brown in the lead in most recent public polls.