Moreover, in Germany, corporations and large private donors (who, if like the U.S., would typically represent corporate interests), don't wield the power over media messages they do here. As in most of Western Europe, Germany prohibits paid political advertising. Citizens learn about issues mainly from media interviews and discussions with politicians because "broadcasters have the mandate to inform the public on political matters...," notes a Library of Congress, Law Library summary.
Source: "23rd EPRA Meeting, Background paper – Plenary. Political advertising: case studies and monitoring. EPRA Secretariat," Elsinore, Denmark: May 17-19, 2006. http://www.rtdh.eu/pdf/20060517_epra_meeting.pdf Edith Palmer, "Campaign Finance: Germany," Library of Congress. May, 2009. http://www.loc.gov/law/help/campaign-finance/germany.php