Why do U.S. elections cost so much?
October 13th, 2011
03:51 PM ET
10 years ago

Why do U.S. elections cost so much?

Washington (CNN) - The presidential campaign fundraising numbers being reported paint a picture of what's to come over the 13 months until the 2012 election: A flood of television ads, cross-country bus tours and a lot of handshakes.

Money drives a campaign, and fundraising is a signal of its strength. It also allows campaigns to get ahead in the media wars - on TV, radio, online, in the mail - and on-the-ground grassroots outreach.


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  1. Thad

    It so funny all this money is raised for it to do absolutely nothing for anyone. Not the poor not the sick not the homeless or anyone. America we have real moral problem. Running for public office to be a public servent is what a politican is surpose to be not a money hoarder or contract getter or a lawyer. Once we get money out ofpolitics we will get our country back.

    October 13, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I wonder and marvel at the same thing. If some parties are willing to part with that much cash to elect a politician, then what is their return on their investment? Good grief, that is a disturbing thought.

    October 13, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What a FABULOUS picture!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you CNN!!!!

    October 13, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Our President and our youth.
    Our Hope and our Change.
    I love it! God Bless America!!!
    Obama 2012.

    October 13, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    This report Sounds like we are deficit free country

    October 13, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. LacrosseMom(real one)

    They will cost even more now that the Supreme Court opened up the 'can of worms' allowing individuals and corporations, to donate as much as they want!

    @ Thad..... you are so correct. Sadly, true.

    October 13, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Ed DFWTX

    Elections cost so much because this country is run by corporations and the ultra rich. It's about time people woke up to the abuse we are suffering at the hands of the corporations. They pay off the politicians to keep their gravy train rolling. Even as household income drops by 6.7 %, executive salaries keep going up. The average CEO makes over 300 times the average worker; the worst in the world. It is time for a change!

    October 13, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Why do U.S. elections cost so much?"

    Because business is in the way of governance. Next question.

    October 13, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    Not popular really?

    Having said that, I really wish we could return to the days when "running for president" didn't cost millions of dollars but that is not going to happen. Although I admit, I don't want to spend money in this fashion, the president will need to just to defend himself from the ignorant TP crowd and I would do just about ANYTHING to get rid of them so count me in.

    October 13, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. Indy

    Why do elections in the US cost so much money ? See answer below

    Republicans are professional liars and brainwashers, and it costs a lot of dough to dismantle the lies and fight for the truth which is what the majority want, THE TRUTH !

    October 13, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. gg

    because elections never end in the usa,advertising coperations keep it that way 365 days a year

    October 13, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |