Rich Galen

St. Sen. Vogel had a member of her staff contact the State Board of Elections and the answer to my question was:

The cost of the GOP Primary is over 3 million dollars.

Whoa! Check please!

By my count 14 states have caucuses which, by their nature, don't require the transport and set up of voting machines, nor the deployment of thousands of paid poll workers.

That leaves 36 states (not including Puerto Rico, Guam, Samoa and the Northern Marianas - which all get delegates to the national conventions) which have primaries.

At $3 million a pop that's $108 million dollars (assuming small states balance out California, Texas and New York) that all taxpayers have to chip in to help one political party chose its nominee.

But wait! There's more! Each of the two national conventions - more particularly each of the two host cities - gets a federal grant of $50 million to help pay for the additional security necessary to make sure the guy selling the Nixon Bobble Head Dolls outside the convention facility is safe.

Another $100 million for a purely partisan activity.

It's not like states are rolling in extra money just looking for things to spend it on. And we are all too aware of the $172 Kajillion federal debt that is rising each and every day.

That debt is largely funded by the Chinese government buying U.S. … wait a minute. WAIT A MINUTE.

The Chinese are paying for a lot of this?

Forget everything I said.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at