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$4B In Mid-Term Election Spending Could Go Far In Global Health

Huffington Post: 3 Things We Could Do With the Money Spent on the 2014 Midterm Elections
Claire Standley, senior research scientist for the Global Health Security Program at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, and Sarah Kornblet, senior researcher in the program

“This year’s mid-term election in the United States has been this nation’s most expensive yet, costing an estimated $4 billion. Compared to national and state budgets, it’s a small amount, but that kind of money can still make a huge impact on issues that affect our health, well-being, and security. … So, imagine for a minute that all those corporate donations, Super PACs, individual contributions, and public money wasn’t spent on persuading us why one politician is better than another — what could $4 billion buy? Here are three ideas at the top of our wish list: 1) Controlling Ebola AND Eradicating Measles … 2) Honor the U.S. Commitment to the Global Fund … 3) Build Foundational Health Systems in Every Country…” (11/12).

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