This monumental movie by Citizens United chronicles the history of greed, corruption, sex, lies and cover-ups of Hillary Clinton.
Hillary: The Movie is a 2008 political documentary about United States Senator and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. It was the brainchild of Citizens United President David N. Bossie, who was a former congressional aide whose battles with the Clinton administration are legendary.
Background: Citizens United produces politically oriented documentary films. In 2007, the conservative non-profit organization started work on a 90 minute biography of then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
It was ready for air in January, 2008; the same month as the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire Primary. Citizens United sought to distribute the film through a cable provider’s on-demand system and to promote the film through advertisements.
But under the federal campaign finance law, Citizens United was prohibited from completing its cable deal because the film was considered “prohibited electioneering communication.”
Its ads were also shelved because of a disclosure requirement forcing Citizens United to reveal the names of its donors. Something the film makers didn’t want to do.
The film was scheduled to be offered as video-on-demand on cable TV right before the Democratic primaries in January 2008, but the federal government blocked it.
The blocking of the film’s airing was the subject of the court case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
The court sided with the Federal Election Commission and said the film was a 90-minute campaign ad “susceptible of no other interpretation than to inform the electorate that Senator Clinton is unfit for office, that the United States would be a dangerous place in a President Hillary Clinton world, and that viewers should vote against her.”
As such, the film produced by conservative activists at Citizens United fell under the tangle of broadcast and advertising restrictions in the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law that dictate how and when the movie can be shown and advertised.
The documentary interviewed various conservative figures such as Dick Morris and Ann Coulter and reviewed various scandals which Hillary Clinton allegedly participated in, such as the White House travel office controversy, White House FBI files controversy, Whitewater controversy, and cattle future controversy.
OCTOBER TERM, 2009
CITIZENS UNITED V. FEDERAL ELECTION COMM’N
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
CITIZENS UNITED v. FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION
In January 2008, appellant Citizens United, a nonprofit corporation, released a documentary (hereinafter Hillary) critical of then-Senator Hillary Clinton, a candidate for her party’s Presidential nomination. Anticipating that it would make Hillary available on cable television through video-on-demand within 30 days of primary elections, Citizens United produced television ads to run on broadcast and cable television. Concerned about possible civil and criminal penalties for violating §441b, it sought declaratory and injunctive relief, arguing that (1) §441b is unconstitutional as applied to Hillary; and (2) BCRA’s disclaimer, disclosure, and reporting requirements, BCRA §§201 and 311, were unconstitutional as applied to Hillary and the ads. The District Court denied Citizens United a preliminary injunction and granted appellate Federal Election Commission (FEC) summary judgment.