Nicky Diaz Gets $5,500

$5,500. That's all Nicky Diaz got.

After the gigantic commotion over her allegedly cold-blooded firing by former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, which played a significant role in the most expensive gubernatorial race in recorded history, Nicky Diaz has settled with Whitman for $5,500 in unpaid wages, the Associated Press reports:

Former California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has agreed to pay her former housekeeper $5,500 in unpaid wages to settle a dispute that erupted in the final month of the campaign.

During the heat of the California gubernatorial race, Diaz, ushered to the press-conference podium by Attorney Gloria Allred, claimed that Meg Whitman had employed her as a housekeeper while knowing that Diaz was in the country illegally.

Diaz and Allred claimed that Whitman had received letters from the Social Security Administration questioning Diaz's legal status. Whitman denied knowing about it.

The Diaz hubbub is considered to have cost Whitman support among Latino voters, who make up over 35 percent of California's population. Despite a sustained outreach to Latinos, who are particularly skeptical of Republicans in California after a state-run citizenship screening program was passed and later invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1990s, Whitman lost out to eventual winner Jerry Brown among Latinos 63 percent to 31 percent, according to CBS exit polls.

Diaz probably did not cost Whitman this election. Many other factors went into it. But, given that Whitman spent over $143 million on the race, Diaz's gross per-vote economic impact gives her story a value of over $5,500, easy.

Which makes this sum appear rather incongruous to the massive spending on this election, which surpassed Palau's GDP.