This is the time of year when many of us begin to dread the commercial breaks in our favorite TV shows. We know that we're going to hear tense, horror-movie soundtrack music. We'll see a grainy, unflattering black-and-white photo of some candidate. The photo will be emblazoned with headlines condemning the candidate's record of shameful failures or conscience-shocking offense. Sometimes the ad has been authorized by the candidate's opponent; often, though, it turns out to have been paid for by an organization you've never heard of.
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