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The 2008 election cost $5.2 billion (including funds raised for the presidential and congressional races)
More than the GDP of Belize ($1.2 billion)
Less than what Americans spent on Valentine’s Day in 2008 ($17 billion)
The presidential race alone cost $2.24 billion
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