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Christmas Came Early for the 1%

by Carl Deal & Tia Lessin This piece originally appeared in The Daily Beast: "The Next Phase of the Koch Brothers’ War on Unions" Read More ›

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Public TV Snubbed This Film to Avoid Offending a Billionaire Donor, By Daniel Schulman, Mother Jone

The author of "Sons of Wichita" catches up with the makers of "Citizen Koch. Read More ›

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Citizen Koch on The Tavis Smiley Radio Show, June 27, 2014

Citizen Koch: The Tavis Smiley Radio Show, June 27, 2014 Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers behind the conservative super PAC Americans for Prosperity, are the featured players in “Citizen Koch”, a new documentary about corporate influence in politics. Read More ›

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CITIZEN KOCH REVIEW, Brent Simon, Paste Magazine

Citizen Koch Review, By Brent Simon, Paste Magazine, June 26, 2014 The dark lessons this engrossing nonfiction film holds—of entrenched power’s rapacious appetite for more power, and the destructive and fundamentally dishonest lengths to which its brokers will go to achieve their aims—are terribly important ones. Read More ›

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‘Citizen Koch’ movie review, by Michael O’Sullivan, Washinton Post, June 20,2014

"To their credit, Oscar-nominated filmmakers Carl Deal and Tia Lessin (“Trouble the Water”) go out of their way to appear nonpartisan. Although several people interviewed in the film are on the left end of the political spectrum, the movie is largely structured around the efforts of Republicans — not Democrats — to raise the alarm about unchecked corporate electioneering. That’s a surprise. And it helps add needed balance." Read More ›

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Does ‘Free Speech’ Mean ‘Dark money’?

Creators of the documentary, “Citizen Koch,” Carl Deal and Tia Lessin, join Joy Reid to discuss how big money political donations have exploded since the Citizens United decision. Read More ›

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Addicted to Koch? New documentary traces influence of Koch brothers’ money in GOP

Power Players, ABC/Yahoo News, June 4, 2014 A new documentary makes the controversial case that a political cocktail of big corporate money and racially charged sentiments has helped fuel the rise of the tea party. And squarely behind that movement, the film argues, are the Koch brothers. Read More ›

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NY Times and Washington Post report on conservative state by state strategy

The New York Times and Washington Post recently published detailed reports on the state by state campaign by conservative corporate interests and billionaires to reshape our democracy to their liking.  Read More ›

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We are delighted to announce that Citizen Koch will be released theatrically in partnership with Variance Films this Spring! Read about it in the Hollywood ReporterRead More ›



People ask us why what led us to make this film; here’s our answer.

When the Supreme Court handed down its 2010 Citizens United v. FEC decision, we were surprised. We knew first-hand about the group that calls itself Citizens United. As we were helping Michael Moore ready FAHRENHEIT 9/11 for theaters six years earlier, the group had brought a complaint to the Federal Election Commission claiming that the trailer for that film broke the law, and tried to block it from being shown on TV. Read More ›

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