Who would want to give more than $123,000 in political contributions? Meet the .000038% represented by the plaintiff in McCutcheon vs. F.E.C.
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Ernest Goes to the Supreme Court from John Wellington Ennis on Vimeo.
Shaun McCutcheon thinks it’s unfair he can’t give more money to politicians. And the Supreme Court is actually listening to him.
Video by Public Interest Pictures. Music by Britt Daniel for Spoon.
Tell McCutcheon: Our Democracy is NOT For Sale! from John Wellington Ennis on Vimeo.
Poster for PAY 2 PLAY
My friends and I took to the West Village of Manhattan at the intersection of Christopher Street and Gay Street to document the festivities at the Gay Pride Parade. We set up just a stone’s throw from the former Stonewall Inn, where a police riot in 1969 thrust the GLBT movement out of the shadows and into the American conscience. It may seem like a slow progress of acceptance, but sometimes the turning points in history seem so recent.
Public Interest Pictures and PAY 2 PLAY are proud to present this American tale of greed, power, and family.
Premiering at Netroots Nation 2012 in Rhode Island, here is the opening minutes of our documentary PAY 2 PLAY, which has been underway for six years.
Opening of PAY 2 PLAY from John Wellington Ennis on Vimeo.
We are raising money through Kickstarter to finish the film before the elections, and need your help to get this out!
The 2012 campaign may have already reached an apex of agape anticipation at what Mitt Romney is about to subject himself to.
In an economy run into the ground by Bush’s $2 trillion tax cuts, after the unrelenting arrogance of Speaker John Boehner’s sole recovery strategy to continually tweet “Where are the jobs?” he has an answer: about 2 million more of them in the last six months, according to the latest jobs report.
It gets worse for the corporate raider that made mountains of money from firing people at other companies. The most talked about moment from the Super Bowl today is not Madonna or Manning but Clint Eastwood, and his Oscar-winning skills waxing a thank you from Detroit to Obama for keeping the auto industry (and its jobs) alive. So stirring and inspiring was this Republican filmmaker’s ode to Obama that Karl Rove, the master of anonymous attack ads and Super PAC media saturation, scoffed that he was offended by the Chrysler spot. Clint Eastwood and Halftime in America were trending the next morning on Twitter over anything else Super Bowl related, including the hash tag “#SuperBowl.” Read More
Though the manifold problems of money pouring into our campaigns have become a source of daily news and mounting public backlash, the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission is an opportunity to review how this transformative decision was reached – the perfect storm of politicized jurisprudence, corporate entitlement, and a narrowly tilted bench.
As Chief Justice, John Roberts has expressed such concern over corporate rights, one might think he was found as a boy abandoned, taken in, and raised by some corporations. It was Roberts who directed the narrow issue of FEC penalties over ads for Hillary: The Movie to be rewritten and re-argued as a much broader debate over the right for corporations to spend money freely on third party advertisements.
The murky reasoning in the 5-4 decision is a swirl of citations to numerous codes that apparently somehow offer sufficient paradox that a century of laws passed by lawmakers over generations of Congress that restrictions on the federal and state level had to be knocked down, leaving almost no sense of legal authority on the subject.
How has this decision stood, two years later? Well, people have literally been taking to the streets across the country in outrage over this decision and corporate influence on public policy. In fact, this decidedly undemocratic ruling — five opinions against American law and overwhelming public opinion — has been such a galvanizing injection into the populace, Citizens United vs. FEC may prove to be the birth to an era of reform. Read More