Remember the "Hollywood gala" thrown for Pres Bill Clinton. At the time, the media portrayed it as an outpouring of love for the Clintons. Yeah right. This movie explores the natural affinity Hollywood celebrity has with power. It also explores the sums of money involved in throwing events like this together.
In fact, the gala was for the sole purpose of getting dry gunpowder (ie funds) for Hillary's upcoming (as yet unknown to the public) Senate bid from New York (the state was also unknown at that time). Well this documentary is told by THE guy who set up and produced that "gala".
Along the way, viewers get near "open-mic" or "open-lens" views of Hillary's fund raising. Watching this production made clear, to me at least, one of Hillary's "tells": when she opens her eyes up wide open, she's likely dissembling. This movie takes you behind the mystique and public persona of the Clintons, as told by someone who donated lots of money to Bill and Hillary, in return for what he thought would be the legitimate furtherance of a sound business, only to wind up being sucker punched just a day later by a gossipy (but true) press expose from the Washington Post. Watch as the protagonist goes from appearing to be consummate inside fund-raiser and savvy rainmaker to low-life pariah and convict in 2 days straight!
Then the real harrowing story begins for Mr Paul. He finds himself under sudden long term imprisonment in Brazil (of all jurisdictions!) During which, he finds himself declared as a "fugitive from justice" in the US rendering him defeats in his pending civil suits filed in the US! His business plans, like the business, go bankrupt. His former investment partner is now courted and effectively "married" to other Clinton business vehicles.
Also, as Mr Paul tries to clear his name by bringing suit against Hillary, he is dumbfounded to watch as the prosecutor and judge side with the defense (ie. Hillary) before the trial begins, influencing the jury right at the start!
What does it take to get a little justice? To be fair, there was some scandal associated with the protagonist in his earlier business dealings in Florida during the Nafta hey-day (including scandal around the Miami World Trade Center deals). But still, Mr Paul's intents in cozying up to the Clintons appear legitimate.
The film does not make clear in what capacity Mr Paul had met Presidents Carter, and Reagan and also, the film, *amazingly*, avoids ANY mention of Rahm Emanuel (which is rather shocking as he was fund raiser in chief in the white house at the time).
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