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What Else Could $6 Billion Buy?

The Italian-built Lamborghini Aventador costs nearly $400,000. The money spent on election 2012 — for TV ads and other things — could theoretically get you more than 15,000 of these V12 cars. But that's a lot more than have been built. Adek Berry /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Italian-built Lamborghini Aventador costs nearly $400,000. The money spent on election 2012 — for TV ads and other things — could theoretically get you more than 15,000 of these V12 cars. But that's a lot more than have been built.

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The cost of the 2012 election will top a record $6 billion, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. If you find it difficult to visualize that figure, here are a few other ways to think about what $6 billion could buy:

— 30 million iPhone 5s;
— 3,000 New York City subway cars;
— 200 F-15 fighter jets;
— 981 public elementary schools;
— 15,503 Lamborghini Aventadors;
— 451 small hospitals;
— 545,454 1-carat Tiffany diamond engagement rings;
— 18 million iPad minis;
— 1 year of lunches for 11 million public school students;
— 4 Burj Khalifa skyscrapers (the world's tallest building).

And one more way to look at it: $6 billion could pay off less than 1 percent (0.67 percent, actually) of the projected 2013 federal deficit.