April 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Postponed – stay tuned for new date
Dark Money is a documentary film about the effects of corporate money and influence in the American political system, using the state of Montana as a case study. The film begins with the story of the Anaconda Copper Mining Company and how the influence of mining corporations caused state legislators to relax mining regulations, which resulted in an environmental catastrophe in Butte, Montana, with problems that persist today. As a result, Montana banned corporate campaign financing of state politics in 1912. However, since the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision, corporate interests and big money have made their way back on the scene. In 2015, Montana reasserted its campaign finance sovereignty with passage of the Montana Disclose Act, which, by requiring full disclosure of contributors’ names, removed the “dark” aspect of the Big Money influence on their campaigns. The film follows the investigative work of John Adams and includes interviews from prominent figures in Montana state politics and those involved in the movement to examine and limit the influence of dark money in politics.
The film will be followed by discussion. Snacks and refreshments provided.