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An obscene display of campaign spending

“Obscene” is a carefully chosen word. What we have witnessed this election cycle is a stunning display of uncontrolled political desire. Luring that kind of money for lustful spending is — or should be considered — offensive to our sense of morality.

Gain a guaranteed four-year seat in the White House for $2.6 billion (the total presidential portion of that $6 billion). For goodness sake, that $6 billion is more than the gross domestic product of nearly 50 countries in the world.

Imagine the goods and services that could be produced with $6 billion? Oh, never mind. That requires having a notion of moral conduct . . . when all that matters is power to be the victor, and not the vanquished.

Colbert I. “Colby” King writes a column -- sometimes about D.C., sometimes about politics -- on that runs on Saturdays. In 2003, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. King joined the Post’s editorial board in 1990 and served as deputy editorial page editor from 2000 to 2007.


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