Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Cost of a Vote Goes Up

by Eduardo Porter

New York Times
November 6, 2010

The votes are in; the money has been counted. We can start assessing the damage to American democracy caused by the Supreme Court’s decision to allow corporations, unions and their lobby groups a free hand to deploy their money to elect the candidates of their choice. Already one thing seems certain: Votes are getting more expensive.

In the midterm elections four years ago, candidates and their friends spent a little over $2.8 billion, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, to garner some 86 million votes. The cost was about $33 per voter. Data from this week’s election is still coming in. But it seems that total spending will hit $4 billion, which would make this year’s voters about $10 more expensive.


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