Citizens United Moves Forward With Hillary Clinton Movie Plans

Wednesday, 02 Oct 2013 12:02 PM

By Melanie Batley

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A conservative lobby group will move ahead with a movie about Hillary Clinton, exploring her time as secretary of state.

Citizens United is expected to release the film in 2016, ahead of the presidential election, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The group plans to distribute it in theaters, show it on television, and release it on DVD.

In 2008, Citizens United successfully sued the government after it was prevented from airing a movie about Clinton — entitled "Hillary: The Movie" — which focused on her roles as first lady of both Arkansas and the United States, and as senator. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it was an unconstitutional breach of free speech to block the program, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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"This is why I went to the Supreme Court," David Bossie, president and chairman of Citizens United, told The Reporter.

"Now that I won that case, I can do whatever I want with this new movie. I can advertise it on radio and TV, show it on TV whenever I want to — all the things they stopped us from doing with 'Hillary: The Movie.'"

The announcement came one day after CNN cancelled a Hillary Clinton documentary, following intense pressure from both Republicans and Democrats. An NBC miniseries on Clinton also is on hold.

Bossie added that while he expected NBC would have done a favorable portrayal of Clinton, "ours will not be a puff piece designed to promote a Hillary Clinton presidency."

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