January 18, 2012 1:25 AM

Commentary: Media must be transparent on campaign spending

The most squalid and anti-democratic element of the U.S. electoral system is its insatiable appetite for money, vast rivers of money. It transforms our leaders into supplicants, required to contort themselves and their policies to please rich patrons. Current spending forecasts for all candidates in the 2012 races run as high as $8 billion.

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