🍿 Join us for Wolf-PAC Movie Night as we watch: Wolf-PAC Movie Night – Meet the Donors: Does Money Talk? The plan is we all jump on Zoom at 8pm ET and then start watching the documentary independently. We can use the chat feature on Zoom to comment during the movie. After the movie we can have a more in depth conversation. The documentary is available on Hulu (Premium subscription), HBO (Max Subscription), Amazon Prime Video (Premium subscription), YouTube (From $2.99), Google Play Movies & TV (From $2.99), Vudu ($9.99), HBO Go (Subscription). 1h 5m 2016
In Meet the Donors: Does Money Talk? intrepid filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi (HBO’s Emmy-winning Journeys with George) takes viewers behind the scenes at top-dollar fundraisers and chats with dozens of ultra-rich mega-donors from both political parties to find out why they are pouring millions into the election.
Armed with her hand-held camera and a sense of humor, Alexandra Pelosi gains exclusive access to the donor class, and offers a peek into the lifestyles of the rich and political. Starting in New York City, arguably home to the most mega-donors and canapé-infused fundraisers, she drops into corner offices and cocktail soirees. Pelosi asks these billionaires and multi-millionaires about the extent of their contributions and giving philosophies.
Pelosi checks in with mega-donors from across the political spectrum, including: Democrat Bernard Schwartz, Haim Saban, founder of Saban Entertainment; former hedge-fund manager Julian Robertson; grocery-store magnate John Catsimatidis; Stanley Hubbard, chairman and CEO of Hubbard Broadcasting; Foster Friess, a mutual-fund investor with a Christian agenda; Sonoma vintner John Jordan; investment banker Brad Freeman; J.B. Pritzker, co-founder of the Pritzer Group and scion to one of America’s richest families; Morris Pearl, chairman of The Patriotic Millionaires; oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens; and hedge-fund manager and philanthropist Tom Steyer.
She talks with other individuals about lobbying, corporations, unions and advocacy groups — collectively, the special-interest groups — that contribute millions to campaigns. Interviewees include: businessman Toby Neugebauer; former congressman and lobbyist Tom Downey; and former Mississippi governor-turned-lobbyist Haley Barbour. According to mega-donor Ian Simmons, special-interest groups spend around $3 billion a year on direct lobbying, with another $3 to $6 billion spent “trying to influence federal legislation.”
Finally, Pelosi visits donors with a far different agenda, who are raising money to get money out of politics. These include: Jonathan Soros, an advocate for Campaign Finance Reform, who feels America needs “a path for someone to run without relying on rich people”; Ben Cohen, a founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream; Hollywood executive Jeffrey Katzenberg; and former Republican congressman Tom Davis.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82287732807