WASHINGTON — A documentary about big money in politics will play at West End Theater this month despite the public TV influence of the political activist and businessman the film is about.
The documentary Citizen Koch explores the aftermath of the Supreme Court Citizens United decision that opened the flood gates to deregulate campaign financing. David Koch and his brother, Charles — the co-owners of Koch Industries — are two players making use of the court’s decision and spending unlimited amounts to back political candidates.
Carl Deal and Tia Lessin are the documentary’s filmmakers. In “Citizen Koch,” they follow the shakedown in 2011 between public employee unions and Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin that ended up alienating working-class Republicans in the wake of the fast-growing Tea Party movement, they say.