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The Campaign (2012) Poster

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Note the size of Cam Brady's US Flag lapel pin. As he begins to flounder in the polls the flag grows until it is at least 4 to 5 times larger than the original.
Zach Galifianakis has an uncle who was a Congressman in North Carolina, the location of the film.
Despite a scene where Brady appears on Piers Morgan Tonight where its revealed he is backed by a Tobacco company appearing in many trailers, the scene was cut from theatrical release.
Zach Galifianakis based the character of Marty Huggins on his fictitious twin brother 'Seth Galifianakis', which he created and first performed in his 2006 DVD special Zach Galifianakis: Live at the Purple Onion (2006).
Though Marty's campaign managers suggests a Chocolate Lab and a Golden Retriever as "American" dogs, the breeds originated in Canada and the UK, respectively.
Although the poster depicts the two lead characters facing off in front of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., almost the whole film is set in and around North Carolina where the two characters live and are campaigning. There is a single post-credit sequence set in Congress.
All cigarettes that characters in the film smoke are Newports, which are manufactured by Lorillard Tobacco Company of Greensboro, North Carolina.
Zach Galifianakis' uncle Nick had been a North Carolina Congressman who lost the 1972 Senate election to Jesse Helms. Plus, it is stated in the film that Galifianakis' character's father was the former campaign manager to Jesse Helms.
WWE wrestler Mike 'The Miz' Mizanin had filmed a scene where he would introduce Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) but the scene was later dropped before the movie's premiere. However he can be still seen in the background in a later scene.
Though not directly referenced, the Motch brothers are based on the real life Koch brothers. David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch are major contributors to conservative policy and advocacy groups in the U.S.
The car parked in front the Huggins' household bears the vanity license plate number GEN-0101, a reference to the first verse in the Bible ("In the beginning, God created the heaven and earth").
During the end credits when Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) is mentioning the aliases used by Tim Wattley (Dylan McDermott), one of the names he says is Dermot Mulroney. In real life, McDermott is sometimes confused with Mulroney due to the similarities in their names.
Marty is shown drinking a can of Cheerwine, a soda made in North Carolina and available only in the Southeastern United States.
This film is set in the state of North Carolina. Cast member Zach Galifianakis actually was born in North Carolina.
Randy Bachman of BTO (Bachman Turner Overdrive) is actually seen on stage playing his hit song "Taking Care of Business" after the character Tim Wattley takes over Cam Brady's campaign.
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Cam is a member of the Democratic Party. Marty runs for Congress as a Republican.
Cam Brady's slogan "taking care of business" is more than a simple reference to a hit song, it's a promise to look out for corporate interests before citizens. It is also a reference to Scott Walker (of WI) who used the slogan "Wisconsin is open for business". He was heavily funded by the Koch brothers which the Motch brothers are mentioned to represent.
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This is the second time Dan Aykroyd appeared on a political themed comedy film. On the 1996 film My Fellow Americans, he was the incumbent president while here, He was one of the lobbyist who forced Marty Huggins to run as a Congressman.
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In the credit scene Tim Wattley is said to be a Greek fugitive. This is a reference to Zach Galifianakis' Greek heritage
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Tim Wattley (Dylan McDermitt) shares a name - although spelled differently - with a recurring character played by Bryan Cranston on the TV sitcom "Seinfeld".
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Dan Aykroyd and Will Ferrell, were once part of Saturday Night Live (Aykroyd as one of the original cast on its pilot season during the 70's while Ferrell during mid to late 90's).
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John Goodman:  The corrupt congressman on television at the end of the film.
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Jack McBrayer:  The religious husband who receives the disturbing phone message from Cam Brady.
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