Former eBay CEO Bids For California Governor Job

Meg Whitman, former CEO of eBay, has announced she will seek the Republican nomination for California governor. Whitman is know to be a social moderate but a fiscal conservative.

"California faces challenges unlike any other time in its history -- a weak and faltering economy, massive job losses, and an exploding state budget deficit," LA Times reported Whitman said in a written statement. "California is better than this, and I refuse to stand by and watch it fail."

Interestingly, her site is taking donations for the campaign through PayPal - the online payment platform owned by eBay. I expect her opponents will be checking if she is getting a favored rate.

Former California Republican Governor Pete Wilson will be campaign chairman.

The Republican primary is shaping up to be a battle of the Silicon Valley giants, as her major competitors Steve Poizner - tech entrepeneur who sold his company to Qualcom for $1 billion and Tom Campbell, former Silicon Valley congressman.

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Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.