And here it is! The first chapter of the Moneyocracy transmedia documentary project is now online on www.moneyocracy-project.com. Combining a comic experience, a serious game and a documentary, ROOM 501C4 immerses you into a secret organisation that prepares the next election cycle. Influence, money, secret, discover what made the 2012 U.S elections so special.
ROOM 501c4 is an introduction to an upcoming documentary focusing on the place of money in politics & the U.S democracy. Super PACs, Citizens United v. FEC and donors disclosure are among the topics these two segment will try to explain.
We had the wonderful opportunity this afternoon to meet the great kids of the Columbia Heights Educational Campus, Washington D.C and talk with them about the upcoming elections and the place of money in politics. Thanks to Eddie Mandhry, Diana Aljets, Libby Hill and Rasha Hashem and Global Kids for this very nice moment.
2012’s ad avalanche
Research released this week from Kantar Media’s CMAG, which tracks political advertising, shows that battleground TV viewers are being deluged by ads.
“As of early this month,” writes Kantar’s Elizabeth Wilner in Ad Age, “we have seen 1.3 million ad occurrences for all political advertising on local spot TV.”
Not only is this a huge increase above the number of ads aired during the same period of 2008, but this election has seen a spike in the percentage of ads aired by outside groups such as super PACs and politically active nonprofits — especially on the Republican side.
Between April 10, when Republican Mitt Romney unofficially claimed the GOP presidential nomination, and early September, Wilner notes, outside groups accounted for 55% of all presidential ads aired on the Republican side, while Romney and the Republican National Committee accounted for just 45%.
“During this same time frame in 2008, only 3% of all Republican ads were sponsored by outside groups; 97% were aired by the McCain campaign or the RNC.
“On the Democratic side, the difference between 2008 and 2012 is negligible: 91% of all presidential ads aired during the April-September period in 2012 were sponsored by either the Obama campaign or the Democratic National Committee; just 9% of the ads aired came from outside groups such as Priorities USA Action. In 2008, the breakdown was 96% to 4%.”
h/t Andrew Sullivan
Jean Nicholas and I just wanted to share with you a couple of exciting news about the project. Indeed, we’re flying to New York next week to start shooting the last remaining shots for the i-doc and the documentary.
We’ll be in the U.S from September 17th to October 22nd, filming in different locations such as New York, Boston (Harvard), Washington D.C, Michigan and Ohio where the last battle between Obama & Romney will take place.
Stay tuned for more on our blog and here on our Facebook page. Thanks again for your support!
According to OpenSecrets.org: Tracking Money In Politics latest analysis, conservative super PACs have outspent their liberal counterparts by more than $100 million. (*Note: This is a correction from something we posted last night, which noted a 10:1 spending imbalance. It’s more like 4:1.)
First glimpse of the Moneyocracy Documentary
Obama pushes small-dollar donors
“If we don’t step it up, we’re in trouble,” the Obama campaign pleaded in a fundraising email Monday that emphasized the threat of “billionaires and super PACs” that are seeking to defeat the president.
The email message also included the graphic above that name-checked casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who, along with his family, has donated more than $30 million to Republican super PACs so far this election cycle.
GOP-aligned super PACs and nonprofits and Republican party committees have buoyed Mitt Romney’s own presidential bid. Party committees have higher contribution limits than candidates’ campaigns and super PACs and nonprofits have no contribution limits at all.
Thanks to these higher contribution limits, Romney and his Romney Victory Fund — which benefits his campaign and several Republican party groups — has now outraised the president and his joint fundraising operation for three months in a row.
In contrast, President Barack Obama has long sought to mobilize grassroots donors.
According to campaign finance filings with the Federal Election Commission, about 60% of the money that Obama has raised has come in chucks of $200 or less. And about three-fourths of the money Obama has raised has come from people giving less than $1,000.
Romney’s campaign has only relied on donations of $200 or less for about 20 percent of its funding. And more than half of the money Romney has raised has come from people giving at least $2,000, FEC records show.
Federal law prohibits individuals from donating more than $5,000 to either Romney or Obama — that’s $2,500 a piece for their primary and general election funds.