The cost of United States elections has always been a subject of much speculation over the years. Questions like how much money is spent, and what the money is spent on, are common inquires among American citizens. Research shows that election costs are at an all time high. The 2012 election cost $6 billion dollars—that’s $700 million more than the 2008 election, according to The Atlantic Wire. The question on most people’s minds is, is this money truly necessary for campaigning, or could it be better spent on other things? Many agree on the latter.
In 1998, election costs were approximately $1.5 billion dollars. Now, as this number has increased steadily with each passing year, we’re looking at spending possibly more than $6 billion for the upcoming 2016 election. Rather than spending all of this money on elections though, why not donate a portion of it to fight global poverty?
Below are two diligent and impactful charity organizations that could benefit from impressive donations.
1. Doctors Without Borders
Created in 1971 by doctors and journalists, Doctors Without Borders has provided healthcare assistance to over 60 countries since it’s founding. Comprised of 27,000 volunteers and workers, the organization fights for medical ethics and impartiality. The program also won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. Donations to this organization could mean expansion of the program to even more areas and countries at risk.
2. Habitat for Humanity
Created in 1976 by Linda and Millard Fuller, this nonprofit is a leading frontier in poverty housing development. Habitat is an international organization that constructs and rebuilds houses for poverty and catastrophe stricken people all over the world. For Habitat, more donations could mean more houses for the poor.