It's Election Day! Woo! I love Election Day. As a former reporter/producer, covering elections rivals only covering NCAA National Championships when it comes to excitement, adrenaline, and ultimately, exhaustion.
This election has been an interesting one. I'm a bit of a political junkie, so I definitely pay attention to what's happening. I got an email the other day from a Habitat for Humanity International employee with an interesting article attached about nonprofits and presidential fundraising. According to the Associated Press, the 2012 presidential campaign passed the $2 billion mark in fundraising on October 25. It's on track to be the most expensive election ever. So, wow.
What does this have to do with Habitat? Well, it costs Lawrence Habitat $65,000 to build a home. That's materials only, since all of our labor is provided by our hard-working volunteers. In some places, cost of living is even higher than it is here and some Habitat affiliates have to raise $100,000 to build just one affordable home for a deserving family.
Let's say it costs that $100,000 to build just one Habitat home. That means the 2012 presidential campaign could fund 20,000 Habitat homes. TWENTY THOUSAND HOMES. Isn't that crazy? Think of how many families would get a hand up thanks to safe, decent and affordable housing.
I understand the campaign spending happens, but I just thought it was an interesting statistic to share on this Election Day. Make sure to vote!