Many Americans will spend the month of October building fear and tension, with no shortage of bloodcurdling screams. Then there’s Halloween.

Over a two-year period, more than $9 billion will be spent on Election 2022. Money will be thrown at Americans to choose between political candidates and parties, just as it is between Marvel costumes, candy corn and comfort midterm elections and Halloween celebrations, American spending totals 20 will be over a billion dollars, dominating the public discourse.

While Halloween spending is influenced by market demand and goes uncriticized (as it should be), election-related spending drives some people crazy. Spending money to promote your ideas is scarier than Halloween for people whose ideas may oppose your particular spending.

Campaign finance “reform” is now a top priority for the Democratic Party, with Citizens United spokesman Adam Bozzi claiming “it’s both good policy and good politics.” (Side note: End Citizens United, as a nonprofit organization, does not disclose its donors.)

The left’s insistence on shutting down free speech and free association when it comes to politics is strangely fanatical. It seems that only speech and association related to the electoral system and the democratic process, despite the fact that they form the foundations of our democracy, are reprehensible.

What is democracy but the freedom to organize and communicate your ideas? And yes, meaningful conversation requires spending money — something Democrats don’t have a problem with, as long as their views are being expressed.

But, as long as you’re not spending money on politics, that’s fine. And, yes, a Marvel Halloween is just fine. Consumerism is a good thing, just as money is a good thing in politics. In fact, American politics needs more money, not less, because political spending is associated with the free flow of ideas. This idea mirrors the public discourse in the marketplace, with the most popular (like Marvel) dominating the conversation while the least popular (sorry Green Lantern) eventually fade away.

That’s the whole point. The market is the ultimate freedom: good ideas in politics attract money, just as sugar candy attracts the most children.

Winning candidates and political parties attract the attention of big and small donors. Of course, losers (ie Michael Bloomberg) can flood the political system with billions of dollars, but money is no guarantee of victory. Bloomberg knows that best, and many of Candy’s ideas are just as flawed. But, some people liked Bloomberg, and the “Top 10 Worst Candies” list is admittedly loaded with my own childhood favorites!

So why shouldn’t we be free to choose what is right for us in any market?

That amount of money won’t get Americans to accept ideas that aren’t actually popular, just like you can’t pay me enough to eat hot tamales for Halloween.

The amount of money in politics is a barometer of civic engagement, and civic engagement is inherently beneficial to democracy. A democratic system cannot work with it. The more money is spent, the more people are engaged and the more ideas compete for Curry’s favor in the marketplace. Just as in the American economy and on the candy shelf, competition leads to greater consumer choice and greater personal freedom.

Until Election Day, here’s a pro tip: Don’t listen to Democrats crying wolf about political spending. Keep wearing your Spiderman costume, keep eating your Skittles, and keep contributing to American democracy.

Free speech and free association are as sweet as candy corn.

Dan Baker is a seasoned campaign consultant, having served more than 100 candidates and PACs, including two major pro-Trump super PACs, and is now ready for Ron. He is of counsel at the political law and litigation firm Chalmers & Adams LLC.