Elections, popular culture and democracy
reprinted from "How to Win An Election: Lessons from the Experts", ASG-CSP and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Special reports and analyses
IN 2002, taxpayers spent P939,472.47 every month on each senator and P429,601.79 on each congressman, based on published reports. Shocking as these amounts may sound, they reflect only part of what Filipinos pay for their legislators' upkeep. Government auditors themselves say they are in the dark over how Congress spends most of its money, in part because there is hardly any paper trail to help them scrutinize how lawmakers use public funds.