September 2, 2010 11:33 AM

Commentary: The pricetag on U.S. elections

As a visitor from Germany, I find it astonishing that elections in this country can be decided by who is able to buy the most advertising time out of his own pocket. Seeing is believing, though. Florida's gubernatorial and U.S. Senate primary races leave the impression that public offices come with a price tag. Experience? Brains? A good political idea? That is so yesterday. Today, it's all about money. In Germany, by contrast, campaign spending is strictly regulated and ad time is allocated.

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