Well, given the fit of pique being thrown by most political reporters, the thesaurus isn’t adequate to describe the sums of money being spent this election cycle. Four billion dollars? Yes, it is a lot, but consider the stakes. Here’s another interesting number: $414 billion — the interest the Treasury paid on our national debt this year. Worried about foreign money? Try that on for size.
– Allison Hayward is the vice president of policy at the Center for Competitive Politics, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group dedicated to protecting First Amendment political rights.