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John Wellington Ennis

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LA Progressive Live! hosts Dick and Sharon will join John Wellington Ennis, a filmmaker here in Los Angeles whose production company, Shoot First Inc. in Hollywood, specializes in political messaging with a viral sensibility.

John's Pay 2 Play explores political corruption at its comic heights while examining the need for campaign finance reform.

Here's how John has described Pay 2 Play:

Our new film PAY 2 PLAY is centered on how our political process is bound invariably by big money interests who use campaign spending as bait for politicians to get massive payouts in return from the public piggy bank. As Noam Chomsky explains at the beginning, "Both parties are two factions of one party--the Business Party." I've learned that Chomsky's mere inclusion makes the film seem too "liberal" for some, coupled with the refrain: "Why can't you show both sides? If you showed both sides, then it might be more persuasive to (party label here)."

Choosing sides in an election is secondary to achieving a real democracy in the first place, so that everyone's voices are included. Today, half the country doesn't vote, and half of Congress are millionaires. The inclusive component of what makes America special has been under siege for decades, by people who already have lots of money, and seek to use our government to make themselves even richer. To show "both sides" in this context is to have a billionaire explain that even as the middle class suffers, he intends to use the Republican Congress which he spent a fortune to help elect cut the hell out of spending, balance the budget, reduce regulations, and support business. This actually does appear in our film, when Lee Fang interviewed David Koch celebrating the first day of the Republican Congress in 2011. Koch had just spent money helping elect 1,053 candidates out of 1,216 winning candidates in 2010. For more, go here.

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