CLINTON CASH: THE MOVIE
The book that raked through the complex web of political, campaign fundraising, and political practices of Bill and Hillary Clinton last year and muddied Clinton’s presidential campaign launch is coming to the big screen just in time to cause Clinton trouble in the general election.
‘Clinton Cash’ is set to premiere the day before the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, and is based on the book by the same title by author Peter Schweizer.
Schweizer is joined by fellow producer Stephan K. Bannon of conservative outlet Breitbart news on the project.
A trailer for the film, which is directed by M.A. Taylor., features images of blood dripping down piles of cash, Bloomberg News reported.
The trailer kicks off with clip of Clinton complimenting foreign governments for ‘rooting out corruption’ – even as Schweizer, who is interviewed as part of the film, says the Clintons ‘created a model for massive self enrichment that allows you to go into so-called pub service but get extremely rich at the same time.’
The book’s release in May prompted a series of investigations by major news outlets into the fundraising practices of the Clinton foundation, which had accepted major contributions from corporations and foreign governments.
It also probed hefty speaking fees earned by the Clintons from foreign and domestic corporations after Bill Clinton left the White House, the foundation’s charity work, and Clinton’s time at the State Department.
Schweizer wrote that the Clintons ‘put millions in their own pockets,’ and charged that donations were linked to official acts like a free trade agreement that benefited a donor.
The book catalogues 13 speeches that Bill Clinton made for more than $500,000, and suggests entities paid to curry favor with his wife when she became secretary of state, since 11 of those speeches occured after 2009.
The Clinton camp ripped the book after it came out as being filled with ‘wild accusations.’
‘The entire premise of the book has been widely debunked,’ Clinton’s campaign wrote in a ‘fact check,’ adding: ‘There’s no proof of the book’s central thesis. Even Schweizer — the author of the book — admits he doesn’t have direct evidence to back up his claims.’
The Clinton camp called a charge that Clinton took actions on a Colombia free trade deal to help a foundation donor a ‘conspiracy theory.’
Donald Trump, who is Clinton’s most likely challenger, is already preparing to make hay out of the book.
“I think we’ll whip out that book because that book will become very pertinent,’ he told Sirius XM radio this week. I’m surprised it hasn’t been used by Sanders,’ he added – although Sanders has repeatedly brought up Hillary Clinton’s paid speeches to Goldman Sachs.
After showing at Cannes, the film will get its U.S. in Philadelphia on July 24, the day before the Democratic Convention in the same city, Bannon told Bloomberg. In August, just as Democrats are set to take their campaign on the road, the film is set for limited release in New York, LA, Chicago, and San Francisco.
The Clintons have weathered unfavorable Hollywood treatment before. Last November, Michael Bay’s film ’13 Hours’ depicted failed leadership in DC leading up to the 2012 Benghazi attacks. The film ‘Weiner’ shows longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her husband contending with a sexting scandal during Weiner’s campaign for mayor of New York in 2013.
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