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Citizen Koch, and the ruling that silenced the other 99

A reasonable protest sign reflecting many Union members’ sentiments (that, unfortunately, would be ignored) carried by a protester angry about Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-union legislation in a scene from CITIZEN KOCH

Courtesy of Variance Films/Elsewhere Films

3 out of 4 stars

Citizen Koch
Written by
Carl Deal and Tia Lessin
Directed by
Carl Deal and Tia Lessin

The polarized standoff dramatized in so many of this summer's post-apocalyptic blockbusters is given a chilling real-world variant in Carl Deal and Tia Lessin's Citizen Koch, a documentary about the impact the 2010 Supreme Court ruling known as Citizens United had on the American democratic process.

Less about the multibillionaire conservative Koch brothers – whose behind-the-scenes lobbying for the removal of corporate donation restraints on favoured candidates is depicted as critical to the ruling – than it is the post-Citizens United tilting of the political playing field toward those who have the money to purchase influence, the movie bleakly emphasizes the sense of debilitating powerlessness of the average citizen without the means to bring anything but their vote to the ballot box. All it takes to win now is 1 per cent.

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