Panama's parties in spending spree a year before elections

The candidates and parties competing for election in Panama in May of next year spent US$3.4 million on propaganda in the first four months of 2008.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Ibope Time, the company that carried out the study, said the amount was remarkable in view of the long time that has yet to elapse before voters go to the polls.
The party that spent most was the ruling Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), the nation's largest. It spent more than US$1.6 million.

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