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That's trying to buy an election

The $1.5 million of his own money that businessman Wink Hartman spent on his losing GOP bid for the 4th Congressional District made him the fourth-biggest self-funder of the year's House primaries, according to a Wall Street Journal blog that listed Republicans Tom Ganley of Ohio, George Flinn Jr. of Tennessee and Randy Altschuler of New York as bigger spenders. But that looks like pocket change compared with Republican and former eBay executive Meg Whitman, who became the biggest self-funder in political history Tuesday by giving her campaign for California governor another $15 million for a total $119 million. The previous record holder was New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who spent $109 million of his own money to win re-election last year.

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