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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 05:00 PM

The High Cost of a kabuki democracy


Estimate: Nearly $6 billion will be spent on elections this cycle
By Chris Moody, Yahoo! News | The Ticket


Total political spending on elections this cycle is estimated to reach nearly $6 billion, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks the influence of money in politics.

The researchers who compiled the report gathered data through public disclosure documents submitted to the Federal Election Commission and tax documents filed by nonprofit groups that are not required by law to disclose their donors. The estimated amount—$5.8 billion—is $400 million more than the record-breaking amount spent in the last presidential election cycle in 2008. The report includes spending on congressional campaigns in its calculation and estimates that the presidential race alone will cost $2.5 billion.

"Although a lot of money still remains to be raised and spent, the data already show that we're on track to break the extraordinary, record-setting sums spent in 2008," said CFRP Executive Director Sheila Krumholz. "That cycle was the first in which we crossed the $5 billion mark, and the big question now is whether we will already reach—or surpass—$6 billion just one cycle later. At a minimum, we'll come close." .................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/estimate-nearly-6-billion-spent-elections-cycle-151857022.html



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marmar Aug 2012 OP
woo me with science Aug 2012 #1
Fumesucker Aug 2012 #2
limpyhobbler Aug 2012 #4
HiPointDem Aug 2012 #3
HopeHoops Aug 2012 #5
AndyTiedye Aug 2012 #6

Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 05:02 PM

1. Sickening.

DU Rec.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 05:07 PM

2. That's only about $50 per vote..

Doesn't seem excessive to me..

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 05:55 PM

4. But it leads to shitty policy outcomes.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 05:15 PM

3. kr

 

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 06:59 PM

5. Beats bukaki democracy.

 

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 08:17 PM

6. It Will be Higher. A Lot Higher

With the way RobMe is polling, expect Shelden Adelman and the Koch brothers to really open their checkbooks.

The insurance industry might kick in a few billion as well.

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