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Here's What The Nearly $6 Billion Being Spent On The 2012 Elections Can Buy (INFOGRAPHIC)

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The Center for Responsive Politics estimates that $5,800,000,000 will be spent on this year's elections. That's equivalent to the salaries of 137,727 public schoolteachers, 1,343,837 employees paying for their health care contributions for a year, and even the cost for the entire population of Texas to go skydiving.

Click on the interactive graphic below to see what else that money can buy:

The Dollars and Senselessness of Political Campaigning [Interactive Infographic]
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