Just months ago, retired brain surgeon Ben Carson was on top of the GOP polls as a presidential contender. Now with the Iowa caucuses in the rearview mirror (Carson finished 4th) he doesn’t look viable. He vows to continue the race, especially since the GOP field has never looked more topsy-turvy. (Polls had Donald Trump owning Iowa; turns out Ted Cruz was the victor.)
For all those who want to take the money out of politics, it’s amazing to see how much it costs to come in 4th place. In the last quarter, Carson’s campaign paid $2,987,466.41 just for postage. (If elections with their massive ad spends are a boon for local TV stations, they aren’t bad news for the U.S. Postal Service either.) It cost another $2,425,745.16 to print the materials Carson mailed to potential supporters. The Carson campaign also spent $135,661.44 on hats.