Cinematic Cross Hairs; 'Hillary' Filmmakers Eye Obama Documentary

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Cinematic Cross Hairs; 'Hillary' Filmmakers Eye Obama Documentary


Byline: Robert Stacy McCain, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The producer of a new documentary about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton says he will produce a similar movie about Sen. BarackObama, should the Illinois Democrat defeat the former first lady for their party's presidential nomination.

"We already have our research staff working on Obama and, if he is the nominee, we will have a film out this summer, just like this one," said David Bossie, president of the conservative group Citizens United and executive producer of "Hillary: The Movie," which premiered Monday night in Georgetown.

Yesterday, a panel of three federal judges ruled against Citizens United in a Federal Election Commission case that so far has prevented the airing of TV advertisements for the documentary about Mrs. Clinton.

"We read the ruling as an invitation to appeal to the Supreme Court as the three-judge panel felt constrained by conflicting Supreme Court precedent," Mr. Bossie said after yesterday's ruling.

The judges unanimously rejected the group's argument, presented last week by attorney James Bopp, that the ads are constitutionally protected free speech and should be exempt from campaign regulations that would require Citizens United to reveal the names of its donors and include a disclaimer in ads for the film.

"I can put it in theaters; I just can't let anybody know it's there," Mr. Bossie said. "Michael Moore advertised his movie; I want to advertise my movie."

"Hillary: The Movie" chronicles the New York Democrat's role in several major scandals, including the firing of White House travel-office employees. The documentary shows one of those employees, Billy Dale, breaking down in tears as he describes how he was prosecuted by the Clinton Justice Department. Acquitted of all charges, Mr. Dale was widely considered a victim of the Clintons in the so-called "Travelgate" scandal.

At a reception following the premiere, which drew more than 200 attendees, another of the film's stars said she was impressed with the quality of the final production.

"I can't imagine how anyone could ever vote for [Mrs. Clinton] after seeing that," said Kathleen Willey, who accused President Clinton of sexually assaulting her in the Oval Office and recounts her experience in the new movie. …

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