INFOGRAPHIC: What does $1 billion mean to the average American?
If your family makes $100,000, a $40 campaign donation is probably a drop in the bucket to you. For extremely wealthy donors like Sheldon Adelson, a donation of $10 million has the same impact on his net worth as your 40 bucks, but the gains for the recipient of Adelson’s dough, the Romney campaign, are significantly higher. And Adelson can afford to give again.
With donations to SuperPAC’s pouring in and rumors growing that big donors like the Koch brothers plan to spend a billion dollars on the upcoming election, we created a way to visualize exactly how much more influence those mega-donors have than the average Joe.