Chart Of The Day: The Most Expensive Election Ever In Context

Tyler Durden's picture

The GDP of Nicaragua: $6.4 billion; the cost of the US presidential election to the two candidates: $6 billion, or $20 in petty cash per every US man, woman and child. Some things Wall Street (with Diebold's help) can buy (because no matter which candidate is left standing after the recount and the legal challenge to the SCOTUS, Wall Street again wins). For everything else, there's BernankeCard.

From BloombergBriefs:

Today’s U.S. elections may be the most expensive in history, with a total of $6 billion being spent by the presidential candidates and contestants for seats in the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington. That is 120 times more than the cost of the 2010 U.K. election and almost equivalent to the annual GDP of Nicaragua.

In other words, the admission price to this year long tragicomical farce is about $20 per person. Not bad considering the amount of entertainment.

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GetZeeGold's picture



Just send me a check and pick whoever you want.

Gully Foyle's picture

Obamas last speech

This day is called Gustavus Adolphus Day.
He that outlives this day and comes safe home
Will stand a-tiptoe when this day is named
And rouse him at the name of Gustavus Adolphus.
He that shall see this day and live t' old age
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours
And say, "Tomorrow is Gustavus Adolphus."
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars
And say, "These wounds I had on Gustavus Adolphus Day."
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember, with advantages
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words —
Barry the King, Biden and Krugman,
Clinton and Michelle, and the two girl children whatever the fuck their names be —
Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered.
This story shall the good man teach his son,
And Gustavus Adolphus shall ne'er go by
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered,
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition.
And gentlemen in Chicago now abed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Gustavus Adolphus Day.

GetZeeGold's picture



He should have just promised more free crap.....just sayin.

Gully Foyle's picture


He did, he promised the free implied violence first mentioned by Maher then repeated.

Can't much freer than a good election day,Gustavus Adolphus Day, beat down.

GetZeeGold's picture



What's election day without a little violence....this is Amercia.....we love to fight, even if we lose.

JPM Hater001's picture

We're gonna free the shit out of you!

GetZeeGold's picture



Thanks for not using the bold text.....that would have scared the crap out of me.

GetZeeGold's picture



Don't act up.....or we'll sick the UN election observers on your ass.

Oh regional Indian's picture

The US has BP elections...

Bought and Paid for.


Sudden Debt's picture

Gotta take away those weapons of freedom of speech!

krispkritter's picture

Yep, because we're pretty fucked any way you look at it...

HD's picture

"Artie Johnson"

Are you sure? Maybe you should look it up in your Funk and Wagnalls...

CH1's picture

The results are in a mayonnaise jar, on Funk & Wagnall's back porch!

Chupacabra-322's picture

By the way, it doesn't matter what Corporate Controlled Government News Agency you watch tomorrow to get the election results. They all get the results from NEP. They'll all be feeding the sheeple the identical PsyOp of "we just got in these results." Remember it's paid actors providing a script "Program" for viewer consumption. Stealing elections since 2000. Now it's a perfected art.

The National Election Pool (NEP) is a consortium of American news organizations formed in 2003 to provide "information on Election Night about the vote count, election analysis and election projections." See NEP's FAQ. Member companies consist of ABC News, the Associated Press, CBS News, CNN, Fox News and NBC News. The organization relies on the Associated Press to perform vote tabulations and contracted with Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International to "make projections and provide exit poll analysis."

The precursor was Voter News Service, which was disbanded in 2003, after controversies over the 2000 and 2002 election results. The NEP plan is largely the suggestion of CNN, which used Edison/Mitofsky as consultants in the past. Mitofsky headed the original pool that preceded VNS.

The organizers of the pool insist that the purpose of their quick collection of exit poll data is not to determine if an election is flawed, but rather to project winners of races. Despite past problems, they note that none of their members has incorrectly called a winner since the current system was put in place. [1] However, to avoid the premature leaking of data, collection is now done in a "Quarantine Room" at an undisclosed location in New York. All participants are stripped of outside communications devices until it's time for information to be released officially.

Tunga's picture

... and CNN is run from a company in Israel called; Propaganda central. 

vast-dom's picture

yet another reason this election to JUST SAY NO TO VOTING

cdude's picture

From the victor: Here's MY Johnson- bend over.

zapdude's picture

Yes, voted Gary Johnson this morning. 

Then voted NO!!! on flouridating our city water supply -- keep your industrial waste out of my drinking water!  If I wanted more flouride in my diet I would eat toothpaste - which has a poison label on it for ingesting more than a teaspoon!

Also voted against my Republicon Congressman who voted in favor of NDAA -- I picked the Libertarian candidate (whatshisname).

Sadly, we really are not given the choice of Liberty or Tyranny -- it's just Red Tyranny or Blue Tyranny.

GetZeeGold's picture



Don't forget to thank JPM for that.

eigenvalue's picture

I bet Obama will win the election because Obamaphone ladies will do their jobs.

CH1's picture

I bet Obama will win the election because Obamaphone ladies will do their jobs.

Yeah, between that and a lot of fraud, I'd have to agree.

Robslob's picture

Actually the last election was the most expensive...$6.7 TRILLION and counting....

Bwahaha WAGFDSMB's picture

Ha, you haven't factored in 4 more years of Obama yet.  Nevermind that it's congress that sets the budget.

Marley's picture

"the cost of the US presidential election to the two candidate's foriegn nationals that call themselves American corporations:"  There, fixed it for you.

Kina's picture

What the heck is it spent on??

sharky2003's picture

TV ads? Flyers in the mail? Travel/rally expenses? 

optimator's picture

And highly paid family and friends.

phalfa5's picture

...  and under the table


there,  fixed it for you

Dr. Engali's picture

Hookers,booze, blow, and porn.

GetZeeGold's picture



Dang it's been a while since I've been to Vegas......the President gets there every other week or so.

Sudden Debt's picture

5 cents on the campaigns and 1,95$ on the Goldman Sachs transaction fees for paying the bills...

MsCreant's picture

Job creation!

Those campaign jobs helped ramp up employment for a little while!

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

diebold, syctyl (sp?) and soros..that fat jew knows where the money is to be made...fixing elections costs and has high profit margins..soros invests in only a money, very smart. why no american co has the tech to pull it off is your question of the day.

Stuart's picture

But hey, there's no limit when it comes to spending other people's money.  It's becoming more fractured and polarized every election.. Not a good trend.

Dr. Engali's picture

I just hope this shit is all over with tonight and it doesn't drag out for weeks. We are a little behind schedule on our slide to hell. Next distraction....a tv war for your viewing pleasure..guaranteed to have an explosive ending.

Sudden Debt's picture

All those commercials on TV are worth those 20 bucks!

Bob Sacamano's picture

The US does not spend too much on Presidential elections.   The US spends $50 billion per year on domestic dog and cat care (and thousands of other unneeded items (e.g., the US spends more on chewing gum than Presidential elections, etc...)).   The US spends relatively little on Presidential elections.

RSloane's picture

I'm very okay with all of the money spent on this election being spent on dog and cat care instead.

MsCreant's picture

It is much more humane all around, isn't it?

Spastica Rex's picture

Personally, I think we need a national "3 strikes and you're out" law enacted for miscreant dogs and cats. Out meaning out.

Nah, just kidding. I love my dog much more than I love my president. Infinitely more.