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How Much Would it Cost You to Run for President?

You could be POTUS, for a price.

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Anybody can run for president. Even you—assuming you’re at least a thirty-five-year-old, naturally born U.S. citizen, who’s lived in the United States for fourteen consecutive years. But it's a different story if you want to actually win. Do you have presidential aspirations? The first thing you'll probably need to do is start making some rich friends.

Each election cycle, more and more money is being spent in support of our candidates. In 2012, President Obama and Mitt Romney each spent nearly 1 billion dollars in support of their campaigns. Watch this video to find out where all that money went.

Afterwards, if you're still up for it, go ahead and run. Just remember that we're only a month into primary season, and the other candidates' campaign funds are already well into the millions.

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