Presidential election spending could build 20,000 Habitat homes

The amount spent on the 2012 presidential election could build 20,000 Habitat homes at the cost of $100,000 each.

The amount spent on the 2012 presidential election could build 20,000 Habitat homes at the cost of $100,000 each. by Lindsey Slater

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!

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Shardwurm 5 years, 10 months ago

What's your point?

If we all paid an extra $1,000 a year in Federal Taxes we could build even more homes.

If everyone in the country would give me $1.00 I'd be rich.

If, If, If, If....

Terry Sexton 5 years, 10 months ago

It's a complicated issue. I try to view it as every four years we get an added $2 billion proportionately insignificant economic infusion that benefits the same circles over & over again.

Tammy Copp-Barta 5 years, 10 months ago

Our priorities are so in the wrong places :(

Kim Gouge 5 years, 10 months ago

The point is they could spend $20 and get the same election results. People know who they're going to vote for and the few who may be swayed don't change the result anyway.

Michael Rowland 5 years, 10 months ago

All the money spent on war could support a lot of scientific research. All the money spent paying for fancy things for elected officials could feed a lot of people. Spending will never get to a point where everyone's happy.

Paul Wilson 5 years, 10 months ago

"People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get." Frederick Douglass

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