View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Monday, October 20, 2008

US Electoral Campaign Costs Make UAE Political System Attractive

Democrats are gloating with the news today that their nominee, Barack Obama, has raised a record $150 million in September 2008, pushing his total fundraising figures to $605 million. The money in the Republican war chest is significant but not as substantial.

Added to the expense of advertising and rallies for getting elected is the time spent in the marathon US electoral campaigns.

Think of how much money and time is spared in the UAE where hereditary Rulers are appointed by a small group, not by a vote of the people.

Americans may not want to emulate the Emirates and give away their freedom to vote but the time and money spent on the US campaign is obscene.

Both the length of the US campaigns and the monies raised should be significantly capped so the resources are devoted to getting the job done.

Dr Geoff Pound

Image: US and UAE Leaders are appointed in different ways.