Craig Aaron of freepress.net is reporting:

Ten billion dollars.

No, that’s not the budget for the Fast and Furious franchise. It’s how much was spent on the 2012 elections.

Media scholars Robert McChesney and John Nichols, who founded Free Press 10 years ago, consider the true cost of this out-of-control spending in their book Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex Is Destroying America. And on Mon., Nov. 11, the authors will be in Seattle to discuss their book.

Event details:

WHAT: A conversation with Robert McChesney and Nation journalist John Nichols. A book signing will follow the discussion.
WHEN: Mon., Nov. 11, 7:30–9 p.m.
WHERE: Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave. (enter on Seneca Street)
ADMISSION: $5
MORE INFO: townhallseattle.org/robert-mcchesney-john-nicholsdollarocracy/

Dollarocracy explores how billionaires and corporations influence our elections — and skewers the politicians who are beholden to corporate power.

The authors also go after media companies that rake in political ad money while failing to provide the kind of reporting people need to participate in our democracy.

Tackling everything from Beltway pundits and “coin-operated” think tanks to lobbyists and Super PACs, Dollarocracy is an all-too-timely read.