The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

PRESENTED BY: Meaningful Movies: Sustainable Ballard
7:00 PM, Sunday, October 6, 2019 PST
Location: Ballard (click for map)

Rolling Stone investigative reporter Greg Palast takes a deep dive into the Republicans’ dark operation, Crosscheck, the secret purge list that helped steal the 2016 election. He previously busted Jeb Bush for stealing the 2000 election by purging Black voters from Florida’s electoral rolls.

Crosscheck is controlled by a Trump henchman, Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State who claims his computer program has identified 7.2 million people in 29 states who may have voted twice in the same election–a felony crime. The catch? Most of these “suspects” are minorities—in other words, mainly Democratic voters. Yet the lists and the evidence remain “confidential.”

Palast and his investigative side-kick Badpenny do what it takes to get their hands on the data, analyze it and go find some of these 7.2 million Americans tagged “suspects” and “potential duplicate voters.”

They hunt down and confront Kobach with the evidence of his “lynching by laptop.” Then they are off to find the billionaires behind this voting scam. The search takes Palast from Kansas to the Arctic, the Congo, and to a swanky Hamptons dinner party held by Trump’s sugar-daddy, John Paulson, a.k.a. “JP The Foreclosure King.”

Palast and Badpenny stake out top GOP donors, the billionaire known as “The Vulture” and the Koch brothers, whom Palast nails with a damning tape recording.

This real life detective story is told in a film noir style with cartoon animations, secret documents, hidden cameras, and a little help from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit detectives, Ice-T and Richard Belzer, Shailene Woodley, Rosario Dawson, Willie Nelson and Ed Asner, Palast and his associates expose the darkest plans of the uber-rich to steal America’s democracy.

Please join Meaningful Movies : Sustainable Ballard on Sunday, October 6th @ 7pm at Peddler Brewing, 1514 NW Leary Way, for a screening of “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.” We invite you to stay after the film for a presentation and discussion led by Cindy Black, Executive Director of Fix Democracy First!

Cindy Black has been the Executive Director of Fix Democracy First since 2016. She is committed to helping pass pro-democracy reforms and building an active citizen’s movement here in Washington State, through ongoing coalition building, common sense legislation, and civic outreach. Cindy was the Campaign Director for WAmend’s 2016 successful statewide ballot Initiative 735 campaign, making Washington the 18th State to call for a U.S. Constitutional amendment to overturn court decisions like Citizens United. She currently works on solutions and legislation to create fairer and better representation for all, including tackling campaign finance reform, ensuring voting rights and access, adopting alternative voting systems like ranked-choice voting and proportional representation, expanding public funding in elections, and maintaining fair courts and judicial independence.

Fix Democracy First is a non-profit in the state of Washington fighting to improve our Democratic processes. Fix Democracy First has been running initiatives and projects in support of public financing of campaigns, fair elections, overturning Citizens United, protecting voting rights and other similar efforts for almost two decades. Fix Democracy First continues to work very closely with allies, partners, and volunteers towards our common goal of getting money out of politics.

Meaningful Movies : Sustainable Ballard screenings are free, but we gratefully accept donations to help offset the costs of acquiring the films we screen. Suggestion: $5.

Special Guests: Cindy Black, Fix Democracy First

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Release Year: 2016

Running Time: 114 minutes

Director: Greg Palast, David Ambrose

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