Candidates and PACs spent that amount driving the region crazy with television ads.
Television stations in the Roanoke-Lynchburg market took in $27 million from political ads this year. Let that sink in for a minute — $27 million.
We do not begrudge our media brethren in broadcast their windfall. Advertising pays the bills. Cameras, remote trucks and satellite uplinks are not free.
(Note: This editorial has been corrected. View the original for details.)