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Priceless (documentary)

The resources in this guide accompany the documentary, Pricele$$, to support inquiry about the role of money in the US political system.

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Pricele$$

Is democracy priceless – or, can it be bought?Pricele$$ film poster

Join nonpartisan filmmaker Steve Cowan as he follows the money trail from Main Street to K Street and asks questions about campaign finance, fundraising, lobbying, and representative government.

Pricele$$ (2011, 58 mins.) is available in the streaming film collection, Docuseek2.

Co-sponsored by DCCC Library Services, Learning Commons, and Online Learning

Pricele$$ via Docuseek2

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Campaign Finance

Campaign Finance

Citizens United v Federal Election Commission

Citizens United v Federal Election Commission

Political Lobbying

Political Lobbying

Publicly Funded Elections

Publicly Funded Elections

Reflect

How does Pricele$$ portray representative democracy in the United States?  How would you compare the statements made by youth to those made by adults in the film?

The Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission upholds the freedom of speech for corporations.  How has this decision affected the cost of running for public office?  What implications does this have for how elected officials focus their time, effort, and legislative decisions?

Pricele$$ examines political lobbying by the industrial agriculture and natural resource sectors.  Whom do these lobbyists represent?  What implications does lobbying have for day-to-day life in America?

Do publicly funded 'clean' election campaigns seem like a feasible solution to the concerns about money in electoral politics?  What would a fair funding model for clean elections look like?

How can voters effectively hold elected officials accountable for representing us and our interests during the legislative process?