Other things $11.4B in political ads could buy

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Candidates are expected to spend $11.4 billion on political ads in 2016, according to Borrell Associates. And though it’s a presidential election year, only part of the money is going to the race for the executive office. State and local races are estimated to account for almost half of the total amount. Let’s put the total projected for political ads into perspective. What else can $11.4 billion buy?