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‘Dark Money’ to be shown Thursday at Federated Church

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Staff Report
Monday, October 29, 2018

CHARLEMONT — The local chapter of Represent.Us will show the PBS documentary, “Dark Money,” on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Charlemont Federated Church.

“Dark Money,” which was broadcast Oct. 1 as part of the PBS series POV, follows Montana journalist John S. Adams in trying to uncover the truth about funding in his state’s elections. The film gains insights over the course of three election cycles, as it solves an increasingly complicated and blurred puzzle. “Dark Money” sheds light on the grassroots movement to unveil the mysterious financing behind the country’s elections.

 The award-winning independent film offers numerous perspectives on dark money donations — the unlimited campaign contributions from undisclosed donors, individuals and corporations, that have been allowed since the 2010 Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United.

“Dark money is the advertising where you don’t know who’s paying for the ads,” explains Llew Jones, a Montana state senator. “We’ve just simply got to hold these up and say, ‘Who is paying for this? What are they attempting to buy?’”

Represent.us, founded by former Shelburne resident Josh Silver, is a nonpartisan working group that is addressing campaign finance and election reforms across the nation. Silver was the guest speaker at the Charlemont Forum in July.

Represent Western Mass. has helped nearly 30 Massachusetts communities pass a resolution this year in support of state and federal legislation to provide greater transparency in political donations and to limit the influence of money in politics. The resolution has passed in Colrain, Conway, Leverett, Montague, Shutesbury, Sunderland and Whately, and there are plans to introduce it in larger communities, including Greenfield next spring, according to spokesman Reed Schimmelfing.

“This film will keep you on the edge of your seat,” said Justine Nagan, executive producer of POV, television’s  longest-running independent documentary series, now in its 31st season. “Dark Money gives you a glimpse into what many of the most powerful people and groups don’t want you to see. It also gives voice to the many pioneers on both sides of the aisle in the crusade against unlimited, anonymous campaign contributions. In the run-up to yet another pivotal election season, this film is an important work examining some of the most crucial pillars of our democracy.”

Admission is free. Visit: www.representwma.us