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US election 2020: What does it cost and who pays for it? – BBC News

US election campaigns can start years in advance and cost billions of dollars. Due to coronavirus, this year’s cycle looks a little different, but huge sums are still being spent ahead of the election on 3 November.

In 2016, the US elections cost an estimated $6.5bn. BBC Reality Check breaks down who paid for it and looks at how much 2020 might cost.

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    Liar. The election costs $1.

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    Vote Trump Save America! 👍🇺🇸😎

    Don't Vote for Sleepy Creepy Joe Biden!!! 👀💤😴

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    Stop Mass Hysteria

    Trump 2020. Much better for the UK and the world. With Biden you get socialism which is just Communism with patience

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    Badadada didididodo dadadadum dididi dooooooo! Wooooooohooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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    Main sponsors both of candidats are chinese communists and russian putinists

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    Child sniffer will lose.

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    Robbie Craughwell

    BBC'S ANTI BREXIT CAMPAIGN AND UNITED NATIONS GLOBALIST AGENDA PROPAGANDA!
    HOW MUCH DOES IT COST The BRITISH people that pay for it?

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    “Only Americans can donate”

    LOL if you’re rich enough you have dual citizenship or you have a friend who’s from the US who can donate it for you.

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    https://youtu.be/a1TGJdm4MuQ

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    A guy From Ireland

    Trump needs to win or the US is finished #Trump2020 🇺🇸

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    Defund the BBC NOW

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    Hello you better hope Trump wins or else the whole world is finished

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    Remember whatever the bbc or itv is telling you is most likely not true…Britain runs on billions America runs off trillions…their numbers will always be bigger..

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    After Trump gets twatted will the fox watching dumb Trumpies still blame bbc or go quietly into the night ?

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    B – Bidens
    L – Laptop
    M – Matters

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    What does it cost to keep BBC monolith runnning and who pays for it.

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    🇬🇧🇺🇸 A very amusing headline on the BCC’s website reads : “How to spot US election disinformation”. You don’t need a whole article! Just look at the top of your screen : do you see “bbc . com”? If so, you’re being “disinformed”! 🇺🇸🇬🇧

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    Lol Trump is clearly going to win again even with all the rampant democrat voter fraud. Salty leftist BBC tears all over again. Going to be beautiful. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

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    Hello 💕💖

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    Lol bbc is a pussy.Why don't you tell the people how much donation Biden is getting from big corps.Always obsessed with Trump.

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    It will cost many lives if Trump is re-elected.

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    Simple its curroption

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    Not even a us citizen
    i dont care

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    Kandaki Vanhlupui

    The answer I've been wanting to know

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    TV Licence- What does it cost?
    Who pays for it?- Mugs

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    Depressing

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    You are all going to jail for crimes against humanity for your hand in the corona virus hoax I look forward to that day you have no moral compass we the British public have no mercy for you

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    TRUMP 2020,

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