Money Spent On 2012 Elections = 1 Year Unemployment Benefits For 100,000 AmericansNovember 8, 2012 3:22 pm
Well, we know about a couple of billion dollars were spent on this election by the two candidates put together. Using actual numbers, the total comes to 1.605 billion USDs (Source). We also know that the average American collected 295 USDs in weekly unemployment benefits in 2010 (Source). Back of the envelope math shows that with the amount spent on this elections, the government could have funded the unemployment benefits for ONE YEAR, for about 104641 Americans.
No big revelation here, of course – just an understanding of the relative scale of things. 100,000 is not a small number!