The $5.8 billion could have been spent on:
177,821
Students' tuition, room and board for one
year at a private 4-year university.
137,727
Public schoolteachers being hired.
278,377
Students under the age of 30
paying back their college debt.
6,444,444
College students buying textbooks for a year.
Is that a lot?
It's more than
11 times
the total number of
restaurants in the U.S.
The cost of the election's campaigning
and fundraising total could also pay for:
869,695
Students' in-state tuition and fees for
one year at a public 4-year university.
Just how many incoming college
students would that cover?
It would cover the
freshman year of nearly
60%
of all teenage
college applicants.
2,357,723,577
Elementary school lunches.
That's twice
the number of
cars in the entire
world.
Sources: census.gov - mashable.com - newyorkfed.org - money.usnews.com - nces.ed.gov - nytimes.com - payscale.com - huffingtonpost.ca
The Dollars and Senselessness of Political Campaigning – How would you spend 5.8 billion dollars? Americans often discuss the high cost of campaigns. Learn how this money could have been spent, and then create and share your own way of spending it. #Election2012
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