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PRICELE$$

How much does it cost to run for a U.S. Senate seat? One million? Two? Four?! Only if you want to lose. It costs considerably more if you want to stand before the crowd, fingers held in a ‘V’ high above your head. The cost of running for office has grown so large that only a tiny sliver of Americans can donate anything significant, let alone run themselves.

Politicians must go to large donors such as the oil & gas industry, agrichemical companies, health insurers, and Wall Street…you know…the type of companies they’re supposed to be regulating. Likened by one seasoned Senator to the ancient art of whoring, America’s electoral system forces elected representatives, in both parties, to rely on special interests for their job security.

PRICELE$$ is a one-hour documentary journey from 4th of July revelry to America’s croplands; from hopeful windfarms to our nation’s capitol in search of some answers. Maybe even a solution.

PRICELE$$: How much does it cost to run for a U.S. Senate seat? One million? Two? Four?! Only if you want to lose. It costs considerably more if you want to stand before the crowd, fingers held in a ‘V’ high above your head. The cost of running for office has grown so large that only a tiny sliver of Americans can donate anything significant, let alone run themselves.

Politicians must go to large donors such as the oil & gas industry, agrichemical companies, health insurers, and Wall Street…you know…the type of companies they’re supposed to be regulating. Likened by one seasoned Senator to the ancient art of whoring, America’s electoral system forces elected representatives, in both parties, to rely on special interests for their job security.
PRICELE$$ is a one-hour documentary journey from 4th of July revelry to America’s croplands; from hopeful windfarms to our nation’s capitol in search of some answers. Maybe even a solution. The colorful cast of characters will inform, move, and amuse you. You’ll be privy to personal accounts of lives upended and hear how postal rates cause global warming. You’ll learn the definition of “running clean” and discover the fate of two politicians who actually enjoyed fundraising. Even the third graders in our film know something has to change.

After speaking with farmers, lobbyists and various members of Congress, we learned that America’s current farm bill incentivizes the use of dangerous, possibly cancer-causing, pesticides and chemical fertilizers that pollute rivers and the ocean. Many farmers who would like to make the transition toward organic (away from these chemicals) can’t afford to change all their gear and there is little money in the way of government support to help them. We also learned that the politicians who advocate maintaining the lion’s share of subsidies to chemical-intensive commodity crops happen to receive the most money from the agrichemical industry.

The same pattern, we learned, underlies our national energy policy. We first heard hints of this as we rolled with a group of Iraq war veterans on a national bus tour to advocate an energy policy (and foreign policy) less focused on oil. We met entrepreneurs in renewable energy who confirmed the fact that oil, gas, and coal receive enormous government support compared to wind and solar. And the lawmakers we met who routinely vote down bills that would shift these subsidies to renewables collect some of the biggest campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry. Their arguments, shared word for word by the lobbyists who raise their campaign money, are at odds with the studies of independent economists and senior scientists at the American Meteorological Society.

But there is hope! A citizen movement is afoot to mandate a new electoral system, road-tested in Arizona and Maine. With all the challenges facing our nation today, now is the time for answers. How can our elections be up for sale when Democracy, after all, is priceless?

Learn more about our film and the people you’ll meet within it by downloading our Press Kit. To see what others are saying, visit our Review Page.

Habitat Media has produced several award-winning documentaries including primetime PBS Specials like Empty Oceans Empty Nets and Farming the Seas; films that communicate the importance of citizen participation and show viewers exactly what they can do to help solve a seemingly overwhelming problem. Our films have screened before U.S. Congressional Committees, the United Nations, White House staff, and in federal judges’ chambers. Short versions are ongoing exhibits at marine aquaria and natural history museums. They are also educational resources used by hundreds of high schools and colleges.
Your support is needed! Habitat Media is a 501(c)(3) non-profit production group. We still seek funding for a national promotion campaign for PRICELE$$.

Please contact Steve Cowan at 503-227-3756 to find out how you can help!

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