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What Can You Buy With $3.6 Billion?

photo of Lindsey Boerma
October 26, 2010

What recession? The lousy economy may be hurting most Americans but the politicians and consultants hoping to win your votes are enjoying a boom economy.

Candidates for Congress have spent more than $3.6 billion on this election so far, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, and they’re still burning through the cash.

Since all of them insist they’re for helping average American families, the National Journal staff was curious to know how else they might have spent all that money on our behalf. How would Americans feel if, instead of attack ads, slick mailers, and robocalls, our politicians lavished us with:

 

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Below: #1

1. Tuition For 62,548 Students At America's Most Expensive University:

Forbes recently listed Sarah Lawrence College as the nation’s priciest school, with a tuition rate of $57,556, including room and board. That’s a lot of higher education.

See what else you could buy for $3.6 billion: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12

 

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