Conservative non-profit Citizens United debuted their latest film, "The Hope and the Change," last month at the Republican National Convention. Now, the group is hoping to take their anti-Obama message to a much larger audience.
According to Politico, Citizens United has struck a deal with at least a dozen television stations to run its hour-long film -- a move that could reach tens of millions of voters before Election Day:
The movie’s wide release — backed by a large advertising campaign behind it — was part of the goal of the Citizens United court case that was decided in 2010 by the U.S. Supreme Court and helped to dramatically alter the landscape for political donations by allowing the unfettered flow of corporate cash into campaigns.
“This (the court case) is why I did ‘Citizens United,’” David Bossie, the group’s president said. “This would have been a criminal act under McCain-Feingold before my court case.”
Bossie makes filmmaker Michael Moore his template — he had attempted to follow in the footsteps of the commercial and political efforts of Farenheit 9/11, with a movie about Hillary Clinton during the 2008 cycle. But the Clinton film was blocked after it was ruled a form of electioneering. The Citizens United case was about Bossie’s efforts to get similar movies into the bloodstream.
This movie — set to start airing on Tuesday and run through Nov. 6 on six cable and six broadcast networks — features forty Democratic and independent voters who backed Obama in 2008 and have since become disillusioned. Much of the film consists of the voters talking, with an overlay of world events over the last four years.
Check your local listings to find out when "The Hope and the Change" will be on in your area. In the meantime, here's a preview: