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$178.5 Million

That's the final total of the total spending in Meg Whitman's failed campaign for governor.

That's an American record for any non-presidential campaign. It's also enough to fund California's system of state parks for nearly a year. And it's roughly equal to the amount Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing to cut out of the state's SSI/SSP program, which provides income to the old, blind and disabled.

Aides to Brown were actually touting this number when it broke late yesterday -- as a way of emphasizing budget-cutting Gov. Jerry Brown's frugality. He needs to burnish that invitation in a vote.

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