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Do your own homework: 'Beltway Nation


Do you have questions about what you saw during Beltway Nation? Want to learn more? Think things can't possibly be as bad as they sound in the film? Below are some links to primary sources our producers used while putting the documentary together. Many contain additional information that we were not able to include due to time constraints.

Dan Bongino is on Twitter @dbongino. He wrote the book "Life Inside The Bubble."

Sen. Tom Coburn is on Twitter @TomCoburn.

Mark Leibovich is on Twitter @markleibovich. He wrote the book "This Town."

Chris Plante is on Twitter @chrisplanteshow. You can learn more about his radio show on WMAL in Washington, DC or catch it online.

Peter Schweizer is on Twitter @peterschweizer. He wrote the books "Extortion" and "Throw Them All Out."

Ben Shapiro is on Twitter @benshapiro. He wrote the book "Bullies."

The clips from the old films shown during the documentary are real. They are from "Meet Your Federal Government" and "A Day in Congress." Both date back to the 1940s.

Harry Reid's comment on the smelly tourists came from the dedication of the Capitol Visitors' Center in 2008.

Nancy Pelosi's line "We have pass the bill so that you can find out what's in it" came from a May 2010 address to the National Association of Counties.

Joe Wilson's outburst "You lie!" came from a September 2009 Presidential address to Congress.

The clip of the old film about the Soviet Union is from "Communism."

Sen. Tom Coburn's "2013 Wastebook" which tracks ridiculous things the government spends money on.

A press release on the September 2014 study "When Rulers Can't Understand The Ruled."

The 2011 Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations report on the Financial Crisis.

You can search the Federal Election Commission database to find the donations from Goldman Sachs executives that we highlighted in the film.

The polling on amnesty for illegal immigrants is from this September 2014 ABC News/Washington Post poll. It's question 34 on page 29.

The polling on arming the Syrian rebels is from this September 2014 CNN/ORC poll. It's question 22 on page 14.

The September 2014 Rasmussen Reports poll headlined "Voters Think Congress Cheats to Get Reelected."

The Senator shown in many of the old clips is Robert Taft, a Republican from Ohio. He is the son of former president William Howard Taft. His son, Robert Taft, Jr. was also a Senator from Ohio (1971-76) and his grandson, Bob Taft, served as Ohio's governor from 1999-2007.

The Bloomberg article on Rep. Grace Napolitano's windfall from high-interest loans to her own campaign.

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics study "Family Affair" shown in the film. Alcee Hastings is on page 72. Jerry Lewis is on page 34. Ron Paul is on page 304.

The example of "The Tollbooth" in the documentary centered around the "Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011."

You can see the donations to John Boehner from people in "telephone utilities" right before the vote on cell phone taxes on this page from Maplight. Scroll down to 10/30/11 and H.R. 1002. AT&T's political action committee and employees were the biggest donors to Boehner of any company in the 2012 election cycle.

The internal "dues goals" documents shown in the episode are available at Peter Schweizer's website

The study "Millionaires’ Club: For First Time, Most Lawmakers are Worth $1 Million-Plus" from the Center for Responsive Politics.

The clip of John McCain saying the middle class includes everyone making up to $5 million/year.

This official financial disclosure document shows Nancy Pelosi's IPO purchase of Visa stock on page 17.

The legislation that Visa opposed was the "Credit Card Fair Fee Act of 2008."

The Office of Congressional Compliance website and their 2013 Annual Report. The section showing some of the laws not applicable to Congress starts on page 32.

The September 16, 2008 meeting with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernake and Congressional leaders is laid out starting on page 240 of Paulson's book "On The Brink."

Shelley Capito's page on shows the sale of Citigroup stock the day after that meeting.

James Moran's page on shows all of his sales the day after that meeting.

The full text of the STOCK Act.

The article "Congress quietly repeals plan for Internet financial disclosures."

The study "Whose former staffers make the most as lobbyists?" from the Sunlight Foundation.

The Time Magazine article on the number of lobbyists working for Comcast on its merger.

Comcast's corporate lobbying profile on

The list of donations from Comcast's political action committee. You have to go through both the "Recipients" and "PAC to PAC/Party" tabs for the 2010, 2012 and 2014 cycles to find all the donations to Senate Judiciary Committee members referenced in the documentary.

Meredith Baker's "revolving door" profile page on

The list of the corporations and groups that spend the most on lobbying.

The study "Measuring Rates of Return for Lobbying Expenditures: An Empirical Case Study of Tax Breaks for Multinational Corporations."

The article on Dennis Hastert's son becoming a lobbyist shown in the documentary.

The article "Eric Cantor to Join Wall Street Investment Bank" shown in the documentary.

The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007, which lays out the "cooling off" period before former Congressmen can lobby Congress.

Sen. Trent Lott announces his resignation on November 26, 2007.

The Breaux-Lott Leadership Group's firm profile page on

The article "Patton Boggs acquires lobbying firm of former Sens. Lott, Breaux."

Trent Lott and his son and John Breaux and his son all still work for Patton Boggs.

Stephen Colbert's 2006 speech at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

Barack Obama's 2009 speech at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

The "House of Cards" spoof from the 2013 White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

The September 2014 article "Reporters say White House sometimes demands changes to press-pool reports."

The 2008 Pew Research Center survey shown in the episode. The section on media political leanings is on page 18.

The article "TV Buries the Bad News on Obama’s Collapsing Polls." The embedded clip in that article includes the David Gregory interview shown in the documentary.

The article "Steve Kroft's Softball Obama Interviews Diminish '60 Minutes'" shown in the documentary.

The Media Research Center article on the revolving door between the national media and the Obama administration.

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