Why do they pay so much money to try and get elected to a job that will pay them so little in comparison?
For example, the president of the United States makes roughly $400,000 a year and over four years that translates to 1.6 million dollars. Over eight years it's 3.2 million dollars
Yet, Barack Obama spent 684 million dollars in the last election cycle and Mitt Romney spent approximately 433 million dollars. (source: opensecrets.org)
So, can we assume that it's not about the money, but rather about the power of the office?
This isn't just limited to presidential candidates either; members of congress are paid roughly $170,000 a year, yet many of them spend many times that to get elected.
It boggles the mind.
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