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Dark Money (2018)

Dark Money (2018)

Jan. 22, 2018USA99 Min.TV-14
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Watch Dark Money (2018) online for free on 123Movies. Dark Money tracks the influence of money in contemporary American politics. Using the state of Montana as a primary case study, the film engages with the complex history that Montana state politics has with corporate influence in politics. Starting with the story of the Anaconda Copper Mining Company, Dark Money shows how the influence of mining corporations caused state legislators to relax mining regulations, which resulted in an environmental catastrophe in Butte, Montana, with problems that persist today. As a result, Montana banned big money in state politics as of 1912. However, since the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision, corporate interests and big money have made their way back on the scene in Montana and have become a growing national concern. The film traces the steps taken by Montana Attorney General (and now Governor) Steve Bullock to seek relief from campaign finance abuses at a time when the Federal Election Commission (FEC) was ground to a halt by the appointment of three new Republican members, headed by Don McGahn, who systemically blocked all enforcement of FEC regulations. In 2015, Montana reasserted its campaign finance sovereignty with passage of the Montana Disclose Act, which, by requiring full disclosure of contributors’ names, removed the “dark” aspect of the Big Money influence on their campaigns. John S. Adams of the Montana Free Press plays a central role in the film as an investigative journalist who has been tracking state politics and “following the money” for several years. Adams has reported on everything from the role of the American Tradition Partnership (formerly known as Western Tradition Partnership) funds in the shaping of state election laws to the illegal political activities of a “right to work” PAC in Montana as well. The film follows Adams’s work as a reporter, but it also includes interviews from other prominent figures in Montana state politics and those involved in the movement to examine and limit the influence of dark money in politics. Director Kimberly Reed explains that she was motivated to make the film because the way to understand any public issue is to understand what guides it. “The first thing you have to look at is the money that’s fueling that issue,” she explains. “Just by following that money, you can tell a lot about the powers-that-be behind it.

Dark Money (2018)
Dark Money (2018)
Dark Money (2018)
Dark Money (2018)
Dark Money (2018)
Dark Money (2018)
Dark Money (2018)
Dark Money (2018)
Dark Money (2018)
Original title Dark Money
IMDb Rating 7.1 401 votes
TMDb Rating 7 3 votes

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