How much more is spent on elections in the US than in the UK?


150 times as much.

In 2015, a total of £37,560,039 was spent by UK parties on the general election. In the US, $6.9bn was spent on the 2016 US presidential and congressional elections - approximately 150 times as much for a population which is five times the size of the UK's.

The UK figures break down as follows:

Category of expenditure

  • Unsolicited material to electors £15,182,584.62
  • Advertising £6,937,527.72
  • Transport £1,685,024.96
  • Overheads and general admin . £2,048,782.86
  • Rallies and other events £2,512,589.83
  • Market research/canvassing £7,646,660.90
  • Media £331,977.51
  • Manifesto or Referendum material £318,880.76
  • Campaign broadcasts £896,010.11
  • Total sum £37,560,039.27

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