11. JANE HARMAN: Harman listens to a constituent after a campaign speech in Oakland, Calif., on March 25, 1998. Her campaign was self-financed to the tune of $17 million. She lost in the Democratic primary to Gray Davis, who went on to become governor. Ms. Harman is now a member of Congress, representing California's 36th Congressional District.
(All dollar figures in this photo gallery are from the National Institute on Money in State Politics, http://www.followthemoney.org., unless otherwise specified.) Dan Krauss/AP/FILE
10. BILL SIMON: He ran for governor of California in 2002. His family created and manages an investment portfolio, and Mr. Simon co-founded a municipal bond company. A Republican, he spent $18.7 million on his campaign, losing to Democrat Gray Davis. Simon is seen here next to a portrait of his father on March 20, 2004. Rich Schmitt/Newscom/FILE
9. JON CORZINE: Corzine emerges from the booth after voting at the Elks Club in Hoboken, N.J., on Nov. 3, 2009. Corzine spent $24.9 million of his own money on his bid for reelection as governor of New Jersey. He lost to Republican Chris Christie. Rich Schultz/AP
8. DOUG FORRESTER: The Republican ran for governor of New Jersey in 2005, losing to Jon Corzine. He used $31.7 million of his own fortune for the campaign. Here, Forrester speaks to the media after conceding the race. He is now president of a health benefits management firm. Elizabeth Robertson/Philadelphia Inquirer/Newscom/FILE
7. AL CHECCHI: An airline executive, he doled out $35 million in 1998 to run for governor of California. He lost in the primary to fellow Democrat Gray Davis (but he finished ahead of Jane Harman). Checchi is seen here speaking at a forum and debate at East Los Angeles College on April 11, 1998. Steve Grayson/Reuters/FILE
6. STEVE WESTLY: Westly answers questions from supporters on the Internet as he formally launches his campaign for governor at his home in Arcadia, Calif., on June 18, 2005. Mr. Westly spent $35.2 million of his own money. He lost in the Democratic primary to Phil Angelides, who went on to lose to Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He currently runs a clean technology venture capital firm. Reed Saxon/AP
5. DICK DEVOS: DeVos and his son Ryan make a campaign stop at Detroit World Outreach in Redford, Mich., in this November 2006 photo, two days before the election. The Republican nominee, he spent $35.5 million and lost to Democrat Jennifer Granholm. DeVos isn't running again this year. Regina H. Boone/Detroit Free PRess/MCT/Newscom/FILE
4. JON CORZINE: Corzine celebrates at his East Brunswick, N.J., headquarters on Nov. 8, 2005, after defeating Republican Doug Forrester to win the New Jersey gubernatorial election. He spent $42.4 million on the race – the only one on this list of self-financed contests to actually succeed. Ray Stubblebine/Reuters
3. MEG WHITMAN: She has spent $59 million from her own purse so far on her 2010 contest to become governor of California, according to media reports as of April 7. The Republican primary is in June. Here, Whitman answers a question during a debate with California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner on March 15 in Costa Mesa, Calif. Jae C. Hong/AP
2. TONY SANCHEZ: Sanchez pumps his fist after claiming the Democratic Party's nomination on March 12, 2002 in Austin, Texas. A self-made businessman, he went on to lose his bid to become governor of Texas, after spending $60.6 million of his own money. Incumbent Gov. Rick Perry (R) bested him. Harry Cabluck/AP/FILE
1. B. THOMAS GOLISANO: He self-financed his campaign for governor of New York in 2002, spending $74.1 million. He ran as a candidate for the Independence Party. (He ran twice before, in 1994 and 1998.) Mr. Golisano, founder of Paychex and co-owner of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres, lost to incumbent Gov. George Pataki (R). He got 14 percent of the vote, his best showing ever. Golisano is seen here at the annual meeting of the New York State Associated Press Association's meeting in Albany, N.Y., in September 2002. Jim McKnight/AP
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