The following commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet's guest contributor program, which is separate from the company's news coverage.NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Election season is in full swing, with the Iowa caucuses completed, the New Hampshire primary on deck this week and South Carolina's primary coming up fast. The Republican contenders are running hard, and are all pushing variations on certain common themes: trimming federal spending, cutting taxes, and shrinking the nation's ballooning deficit, now estimated somewhere north of $15 trillion. It's a terrifying figure, and one that the new president -- whoever he may be -- will certainly have to address. The nation's financial condition is a serious problem, and one that will ultimately affect every segment of the population. That's why it's a little concerning that none of the candidates appear to have yet picked up on a December 2011 report by Public Campaign, a self-described " non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to sweeping campaign reform that aims to dramatically reduce the role of big special interest money in American politics." Citing data from its non-profit peers Citizens for Tax Justice and the Center for Responsive Politics, Public Campaign demonstrates that some of the largest corporations in the United States have spent millions on lobbyists in the past three years and, in the process, managed to eliminate their tax liability or even receive tax rebates.