Access of political parties to the media during election campaigns
The most expensive item in any political party's election budget is access to the media, in particular the electronic media. This may lead to influence-peddling by monied interests.
Pierre de Vos argues that the state should indirectly fund political parties by providing free access to state-controlled media. To enhance multi-party democracy, the distrubution of free air time should also take place on an equitable and proportional basis.