After a long night we finally validated the last version of the Moneyocracy documentary at dawn. 90 minutes at the heart of the campaign finance system in the U.S!
Thanks to everyone who believed in that project, thanks to our great team. This one is surely the first one of a long series of doco (at least for me).
Next step, a big party, an official release, and a lot of work to make it known by as many people as possible.
Moneyocracy transmedia documentary will feature:
Trevor Potter (Stephen Colbert lawyer), John Bonifaz (Free Speech For People), Bob Biersack ( OpenSecrets.org: Tracking Money In Politics), Lawrence Lessig ( United Republic ), Paul Blumenthal ( The Huffington Post), Walter Shapiro, Tom Sutton, Ford O’Connell
We’re now working very hard on the documentary part of the Moneyocracy-project.
It’ll be 90 min long and will include a wide range of interviewees who will drive us into the campaign finance system that the 2010 Supreme Court decision “Citizens United v.FEC” created.
Here’s the list of the people included in our documentary:
- Campaign Finance Expert, Former Commissioner & Chairman of Federal Election Commission and Attorney, Trevor Potter (@thetrevorpotter)
- Former FEC Data analyst and Senior Fellow at the Center for Responsive Politics, Bob Biersack (@rbiersack)
- Senior Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, Adam Skaggs (@jadamskaggs)
- Co-founder of Creative Commons and law professor, Lawrence Lessig (@Lessig)
- Political Columnist Walter Shapiro (@waltershapiroPD)
- Managing Director at Civic Forum Strategies & Co-Founder of ProjectVirginia and Chairman of CivicForumPAC, Ford O’Connell (@FordOConnell)
- Co-Founder and Executive Director of Free Speech For People, John Bonifaz (@johnbonifaz)
- Reporter @HuffingtonPost covering campaign finance, Paul Blumenthal (@PaulBlu)
- Lawyer and policy advocate for Demos.org, Adam Lioz (@Demos_org)
- Chair of Political Science at the Baldwin-Wallace University (OH), Tom Sutton.
Stay tuned for more, the release date and promotional material.
Thanks for your support!
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.
Just a few words to tell you that we are thrilled to announce that the Moneyocracy interactive documentary - which is the first part of our transmedia documentary about Money and politics in the U.S - will be released on November 3rd on “lemonde.fr”. Yes you’re right, there’s only a couple of days to wait.
In the meantime, we went through that video from Robert Reich explaining what could be - in his opinion - the biggest threat for America in the upcoming years.
Strangely enough, his message looks a lot like what Keith Olbermann was saying in his editorial comment 2 years ago. Different tone, but same conclusions.
Are you agree with that analysis?
Here’s the Robert Reich comment:
And here’s the Olbermann Editorial comment:
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.
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.
To visualize the relationships among political contributions, The Wall Street Journal used social network software to map more than a million records of donor data tracked by the Federal Election Commission.
Just for fun, and because it might be some truth here… or is it?