The Hill, Court: ‘Hillary: The Movie’ Group Must Disclose Donors

January 17 2008, 7:55 PM

By Sam Youngman

A U.S. District Court joined the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in a ruling Tuesday, finding that Citizens United, the group behind the productions of “Hillary: The Movie,” must disclose its donors.

Citizens United planned to promote the movie, which paints an unflattering portrait of presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), with paid advertising, which both the court and the FEC said violated the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002.

The FEC said in a release Wednesday that Citizens United had pushed the court “to block the FEC from enforcing disclosure and other provisions of campaign finance law related to the film ‘Hillary: the Movie’ and advertising intended to promote it.”

The FEC found the movie to be “electioneering communications,” which falls under the BCRA language requiring donor disclosure.

“Hillary: The Movie” features commentary from a number of pundits and politicians including Ann Coulter, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Dick Morris, a former Clinton adviser and currently a columnist for The Hill.