Posted by: coastcontact | March 21, 2012

What will the next Presidential Campaign Cost?

The White House may be the ultimate recession-proof commodity. Barack Obama spent $730 million getting elected in 2008-twice as much as George W. Bush spent 4 years earlier and more than 260 times what Abraham Lincoln spent nearly 150 years earlier. -Dave Gilson

Lincoln’s 1860 campaign spends $2.8 million in today’s dollars.

McKinley vs. Bryan sets long-standing record for most expensive race.

If this chart does not prove that campaigns are won with the most money than what will?

This data from Mother Jones magazine.



  1. When i look at that graph, i just cant help thinking what good for the country that kind of money would have provided. I wonder is there is some way that we the people could put a stop to this kind of money buys the vote. It would be awesome if we could enact tv ads and debates televised and internet sites, etc for free, then the candidates would acuallly have to campaign. Just a thought, because it appears that money has totally invaded and corrupted our government, from campaigns to big oils bribe money to senators and representives and is it any wonder that they then vote 100% in favor of big oil. We need to get the money out of the government, have all those people willing to put so much money into presidential deposit it in a fund to apply towards the national debt.

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