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A few other things Meg Whitman could have done with her dough

The latest figures show Meg Whitman's gubernatorial campaign has spent about $163 million promoting her candidacy. At least $140 million of that has come from her own pocket.

This is a record for spending on a governor's race in California, and also appears to be a record for personal spending in any political race.

Her critics charge she is trying to buy the election.  Whitman counters that by primarily financing her own campaign, she's beholden only to the citizens, and not to any special interests.

Although she's trailing in the most polls, it won't be clear until election night if her big investment actually pays off.  It's likely, no matter what the outcome, that she'll need to order some new checks.

But, what if we stepped into an only slightly altered universe, where Meg Whitman is still incredibly wealthy, but not inclined to seek public office.  What could she do with all the money she spent in that other universe, running for governor?