Citizens United Spending $350K on McAuliffe-bashing Documentary

Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 11:47 PM

By Matthew Auerbach

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Citizens United is about to unveil a scathing documentary about former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe in hopes of derailing his attempt to become the next governor of Virginia, Politico reports.

The conservative group plans to spend approximately $350,000 on television and Internet ads in the build-up to the film’s release, which will debut online in the coming weeks.

The basis of the film, titled “Fast Terry,” is centered on two episodes in McAuliffe’s business career that the GOP has pounced on: his leadership at the auto startup GreenTech and his planned investment in Franklin Pellets, a biofuels venture.

According to published reports, both enterprises have seriously failed to meet their initially high expectations and Citizens United plans to highlight those perceived failures in the film.

David Bossie, president of Citizens United, said the documentary focuses on “Terry McAuliffe and his character, seen through his business dealings.”

Bossie insists “Fast Terry” should not be viewed as a partisan hit job.

“Terry McAuliffe is the definition of crony capitalism,” said Bossie.“We don’t talk about the governor’s race in the film. We don’t try to advocate the election or defeat of Terry McAuliffe in the film. We don’t mention Ken Cuccinelli’s name, nor that Terry McAuliffe is a candidate for governor.”

Bossie said the point of the film is to bring to light the accounts of “the real people who have been negatively impacted by Terry McAuliffe.”

The McAuliffe campaign dismissed the documentary outright and made note of the fact that an affiliate group called the Presidential Coalition LLC has donated consistently to his Republican opponent over the years, including the current race.

“It’s no surprise that a fringe group that convinced Rick Perry to support outlawing abortions even in the case of rape or incest would add to the more than $100,000 they’ve already contributed to Ken Cuccinelli by launching false attacks on Terry’s record,” McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin said, alluding to another Citizens United film that reportedly convinced Perry to move his views on abortion to the right.

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