Fun Facts: Air pollution costs vs. campaign costs
by Bill Chameides | October 26th, 2012
posted by Erica Rowell (Editor)
In which we do a little cost-benefit analyzing of some spending matters. (All numbers below are estimates.)
Per candidate cap on political spending on presidential campaigns in 1976: ~$35 million
Amount of money raised by the two presidential campaigns 2011-2012: $2 billion**
Costs of political advertising in 2012: more than $3 billion
Benefits of campaign spending: priceless …?
* Included in this monetary value assessed and estimated for “the human health, human welfare, and environmental effects” of the law are 205,000 avoided American deaths.
** According to the New York Times, between January 2011 and October 17, 2012, President Obama and the Democrats had raised some $1.06 billion and Governor Romney and the Republicans had raised some $954 million.filed under: faculty, health, politics
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