'Dark Money': New Documentary Offers Up-Close and 'Harrowing Portrait' of How Secret Corporate Cash Is Destroying American Democracy

The PBS documentary Dark Money, which paints “a rather harrowing portrait of democracy under threat” in the years that have followed the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, opens in New York City on Friday night following its festival premiere at Sundance earlier this year.

This “densely packed documentary,” set in director Kimberly Reed’s home state of Montana, “earnestly and obsessively addresses campaign finance reform, its history, and vital importance,” declares The Hollywood Reporter.

A notable departure from her deeply person debut film Prodigal Sons, Reed tells the Guardian she was inspired to make Dark Money because, “when I heard about the Citizens United decision, you could just see that if the Supreme Court gave a green light to corporations to spend unlimited money in political campaigns, you could just see political power slipping out of the hands of the average citizen and into the hands of a handful of super-rich people.”

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As The Hollywood Reporter outlines: