How much money spent campaigning???
Meg Whitman spent US$144m on TRYING to become the governor of California! WTF!!!
To put that in context, (according to Wikipedia), Australian Public Funding for ALL PoliticaL Parties for the 2013 Federal Election received A$58,1million, which is about US$45million at current exchange rates. So Meg spent US$100 million more then ALL of the political parties in Australia received to conduct their campaigns, just to be come governor of one frigging state!
If anyone needed an indicator of all that was wrong with American politics, there is a big bright red indicator right there...