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Citizen Koch (2013)

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A documentary that follows the money behind the rise of the Tea Party.


Carl Deal, Tia Lessin


Carl Deal, Tia Lessin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David H. Koch ... Himself - Founder, Americans for Prosperity
Charles G. Koch Charles G. Koch ... Himself - Founder, Americans for Prosperity
Scott Walker ... Himself - Governor, Wisconsin
Floyd Abrams Floyd Abrams ... Himself - Argued in Support of Citizens United
Ellen Weintraub Ellen Weintraub ... Herself - Chair, Federal Election Commission
Trevor Potter Trevor Potter ... Himself - Former Chair, Federal Election Commission
Russ Feingold Russ Feingold ... Himself - Former Senator, Wisconsin
Bob Edgar Bob Edgar ... Himself - Former Representative, Pennsylvania
Buddy Roemer Buddy Roemer ... Himself - Former Governor, Louisiana
Mike McCabe Mike McCabe ... Himself - Executive Director, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Lee Fang Lee Fang ... Himself - Author, The Machine: A Field Guide to the Resurgent Right
Peter Barca Peter Barca ... Himself - State Representative, Wisconsin
Jon Erpenbach Jon Erpenbach ... Himself - State Senator, Wisconsin
Mari Jo Kabat Mari Jo Kabat ... Herself - Public School Worker
Brian Cunningham Brian Cunningham ... Himself - Correctional Officer


When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker stripped state workers of their union rights in 2011, was it simply a classic face-off between labor and management, or a bold political move designed to weaken his party's political opposition? Set against the rise of the Tea Party and Occupy movements, the US Supreme Court's 2010 ruling in Citizens United, and the 2012 presidential campaign, Citizen Koch documents the consequences for democracy when private interests determine who is elected to deliver public good. Written by Anonymous

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A hundred million ways to stick it to you.


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Release Date:

January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Гражданин Кох See more »

Filming Locations:

Wisconsin, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,200, 8 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$153,908, 25 July 2014
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The film launched a kickstarter campaign for distribution after the Independent Television Service (ITVS), a public agency that funds and curates independent documentaries, pulled $150,000 it had previously committed. See more »


References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Fast-paced doc that reveals the criminality of the 1%
4 June 2015 | by SkyFish-3See all my reviews

Citizen Koch is one of the most entertaining documentaries I've seen. Sadly for America, it happens to be about the real and tragic theft of power from the 99% into the hands of an unscrupulous, greedy bunch of millionaires.

It begins with an account of how the Supreme Court allowed moneyed interests to have unlimited power through the Citizens United decision and then moves on to show how the Kochs and their cronies take advantage of this by pouring hundreds of millions into political campaigns across the country. They do this to install puppet leaders who re-write the law in their favor.

In particular, we see how the entire state of Wisconsin was completely overrun by Koch cash, like a bad termite infestation that's coming soon to a state near you.

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