A Political Nightmare: Not Enough Airtime

Too many campaigns are chasing too few ad slots

As Election 2000 gets closer, you can barely turn on the TV without being bombarded by commercials for candidates and special-interest groups. So it's no surprise that as spending records shatter, television broadcasters are reaping huge windfalls: Overall, some $665 million will be spent on political ads this election season, up from $499 million two years ago.

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