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Group presents free showing of "Koch Brothers Exposed" documentary

The Kitsap County affiliate of Move to Amend will present a free showing of filmmaker Robert Greenwald’s documentary “Koch Brothers Exposed” on Thursday, June 14 in Port Orchard. The film will be shown at 6:45 p.m. at Dragonfly Cinema, 822 Bay St.

Move to Amend is a nonprofit activist coalition that opposes and is working to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in the Citizens United case. That ruling allows corporations, unions or other groups or individuals to spend unlimited amounts of money through independent, third-party groups in election campaigns.

Since the ruling, a number of so-called “super PACs” funded by wealthy individuals, including the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, have spent tens of millions of dollars, including huge amounts during this year’s Republican presidential primaries.

According to a recent article on the Politico website, “Republican super PACs and other outside groups shaped by a loose network of prominent conservatives — including Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — plan to spend roughly $1 billion on November’s elections for the White House and control of Congress, according to officials familiar with the groups’ internal operations.”

The Koch brothers, owners of multinational Koch Industries, have funded conservative and libertarian policy and advocacy groups in the United States, including major support for the Tea Party movement. They also were key financial supporters of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who just survived a recall election that was triggered by his stripping state public employee unions of collective bargaining rights.

Greenwald’s documentary says it “exposes tactics used by the Koch brothers to sway the political narrative in their favor, while illustrating the dangers of unbridled influence when in the hands of few. This includes efforts to suppress voter rights, re-segregate public schools, weaken EPA regulation, privatize Social Security, and how the Kochs’ immense echo chamber of influence comes into play.”

In a response issued after the film’s release, Koch Industries said “Mr. Greenwald’s statements are maliciously false and misleading, and we urge the news media not to republish them.”

Greenwald, who founded Brave New Films, has previously produced and directed the documentaries “Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers” (2006), “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price” (2005), and “Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism” (2004) about Fox News.

The public is invited to the Port Orchard showing of “Koch Brothers Exposed,” which has been released for streaming online and is being shown at private screenings around the country hosted by groups like Move to Amend Kitsap.

For more information, visit movetoamend.org/wa-southworth or send an email to wscp [at] usa [dot] com.

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