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(2012)

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Despite a scene where Brady appeared on Piers Morgan Tonight (2011), where it's revealed he was backed by a Tobacco company appearing in many trailers, the scene was cut from theatrical release.
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Note the size of Cam Brady's U.S. Flag lapel pin. As he begins to flounder in the polls, the flag grows until it is at least four to five times larger than the original.
Zach Galifianakis has an uncle who was a Representative in North Carolina, the location of the film.
Zach Galifianakis based the character of Marty Huggins on his fictitious twin brother "Seth Galifianakis", which he created and first performed in his DVD special Zach Galifianakis: Live at the Purple Onion (2006).
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.
Though Marty's campaign managers suggest a Chocolate Lab and a Golden Retriever as "American" dogs, the breeds originated in Canada and the UK, respectively.
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.
Zach Galifianakis' uncle Nick had been a North Carolina Representative, 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 introduced Cam Brady (Will Ferrell), but the scene was cut before the movie's premiere. However, he can be still seen in the background in a later scene.
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 heavens and the 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.
All cigarettes that characters in the film smoke are Newports, which are manufactured by Lorillard Tobacco Company of Greensboro, North Carolina.
This film is set in North Carolina. Zach Galifianakis was born in North Carolina.
Marty is shown drinking a can of Cheerwine, a soda made in North Carolina, and available only in the Southeastern United States.
Randy Bachman, of Bachman Turner Overdrive, is seen on-stage playing his hit song "Taking Care of Business" after Tim Wattley takes over Cam Brady's campaign.
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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 Wisconsin) 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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Cam is a member of the Democratic Party. Marty runs for the House of Representatives as a Republican.
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 McDermott) shares a name, although spelled differently, with a recurring character played by Bryan Cranston on Seinfeld (1989).
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Dan Aykroyd and Will Ferrell are former cast members of Saturday Night Live (1975).
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The film's original title was "Dog Fight".
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Director Jay Roach has past form with political movies, albeit ones more serious than this one. He directed the HBO films Recount (2008) and Game Change (2012).
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This is the second time Dan Aykroyd appeared in a politically themed comedy. In My Fellow Americans (1996), he was the incumbent President. Here, he plays one of the lobbyists who forces Marty Huggins to run for the House of Representatives.
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Despite being mostly a comedy, this is technically Dylan McDermott's second appearance in a political film, the first being In The Line of Fire (1992) and the third being Olympus Has Fallen (2013).
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Cameo 

John Goodman: The corrupt Representative on television at the end of the film.
Jack McBrayer: The religious husband who received the disturbing phone message from Cam Brady.
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