Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Story of Citizens United v. FEC (2011)

This video has gone viral among a certain subset of people who actually believe in Democracy as an ideal - brought to you by the same folks who brought us The Story of Stuff. ---- Season Two launches on March 1st with The Story of Citizens United v. FEC, an exploration of the inordinate power that corporations exercise in our democracy.

About the Film

The Story of Citizens United v. FEC, released on March 1st, 2011 at, explores the history of the American corporation and corporate political spending, the appropriate roles of citizens and for-profit corporations in a democracy and the toxic impact the Citizens United decision is already having on our political process. It ends with a call to amend the U.S. constitution to confirm that people—not corporations—make the decisions in a democracy.

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Written by Annie Leonard, Jonah Sachs, Louis Fox
Produced by Free Range Studios
Executive Producer Erica Priggen
Director Louis Fox
Camera Tim Kerns
Gaffer Charles Griswold
Sound Dan Gleich
Best Girl Lauren Stocker
Teleprompter Bill Buck
Hair/Make-Up Kathleena Gorga
Production Coordinator Juliet Unfried
Animation Script Louis Fox, Ruben DeLuna
Animators Ruben DeLuna, Lyla Warren, Bob Cesca, Ben Johnson
Editor Mike Farley
Sound Design Ray Sutton

Story of Stuff Project Annie Leonard, Michael O’Heaney, Christina M. Samala, Allison Cook, Renee Shade

Viral Outreach Heidi Quante, Angela Bradbery, Rachel Lewis

Script Advisor Robert Weissman

Support Provided by The Cow Hollow Fund, 11th Hour Project

About the Issue

You can only cram so much in to eight minutes, even talking as fast as Annie does! Check out these additional resources to learn more about issues Annie talks about in The Story of Citizens United v. FEC and take action to put the people back in charge of our democracy!

From the Film

Annotated Script (PDF)
House Party Kit (PDF)
Press Release (PDF)

On the Web


Free Speech For People is a new national non-partisan campaign pressing for a 28thAmendment to the US Constitution to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and restore democracy to the people. Free Speech For People ( seeks to reclaim constitutional rights for people and return corporations to their place as economic rather than political entities. Free Speech For People launched its campaign moments after the US Supreme Court issued its ruling on January 21, 2010, in Citizens United v. FEC. Since its launching, Free Speech For People has worked across the country to build a broad grassroots movement to ensure that people, not corporations, govern in America.


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