Meg Whitman to Co-Chair McCain Campaign

March 17, 2008 03:19 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
EBay CEO Meg Whitman, who is stepping down March 31, will become a co-chair of John McCain’s presidential campaign.

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As co-chair of McCain’s campaign, Whitman will be “helping to lead fund-raising, traveling the country on McCain's behalf, and assisting with policy development,” according to CNet.

Whitman is a prominent contributor to the Republican Party, and she helped manage the fundraising for Mitt Romney’s campaign before he dropped out of the race. She may also be considering a bid for governor of California in 2010.

Whitman had been with eBay since 1998 as president and CEO when she announced her impeding departure this January. Although she did not found the online auction Web site, she is credited with much of eBay’s monumental success. Fortune named her the most powerful woman of 2005, and Time magazine placed her in its list of the world’s most influential people.

California GOP Chairman Duf Sundheim says Whitman’s appointment to McCain’s campaign demonstrates “how Republicans are coming together, how united we are—compared to what you're seeing on the Democratic side," reports the San Francisco Chronicle. In particular, Sundheim sees the California-based financial mogul as a great draw for California’s independent and swing voters.

Whitman will join business titans Carly Fiorina and John Chambers, who also have high-profile roles in the McCain campaign. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina joined the campaign as a fundraising chairman and advocate earlier in March, and John Chambers, the chairman and chief executive of technology of Cisco Systems Inc., joined McCain’s presidential exploratory committee in February 2007.

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