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  • America Votes

    Election news from across the Knight Ridder network and the Web

    Tuesday, November 02, 2004

    Can you put a price on democracy? 

    Yes - $4 billion. That's the price of the 2004 elections, and not the final price either.

    That's not even counting the ballots, poll workers and lawyers. Congressional and presidential candidates alone devoted at least $1.8 billion to their primary and general election campaigns, with about one-third of that spent by Bush and Kerry.

    It also went out in dribs and drabs, often large dribs and drabs. Howard Dean spent nearly $7,000 on "thank you" chocolates for donors.

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 10:21 AM



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