I would love to see the references regarding the cost of electing a pope. There is a cost. The College of Cardinals members have to travel from around the world to the Vatican. They have to review possible candidates, they spend a lot of time in prayer. I will not saying your question is well, questionable at best, but I would like to see the sources of material.
I do not believe that members of the College of Cardinals are taking payoffs to elect a particular pope--that may have happened in the early days of the church, which the pope was not always a righteous person, but I doubt that is true today.
Also, my favorite disclaimer. Just because you read it on the internet does not mean it true. A lot of what you read is true, but not all of it.