(Astro)Turf Wars: New Documentary Explores Corporate Influence Over Tea Parties

Since the beginning of 2008, ThinkProgress and the Wonk Room have been closely tracking the hidden influence of the corporate right over national politics, including pollution billionaires David and Charles Koch, mountaintop removal kingpin Don Blankenship, and big oil’s vast front group networks. These polluter magnates have worked with Republican operatives to shape the Tea Party movement that has redefined American politics.

Now, a new documentary fully exposes how front groups like the Kochs’ Americans for Prosperity, Energy Citizens, and Blankenship’s Friends of America have taken populist discontent during a Democratic presidency and redirected it to their radical right-wing corporate agenda of global warming pollution, regressive taxation, and health-care profiteering. In (Astro)Turf Wars, Australian filmmaker Taki Oldham journeys from Philadelphia to West Virginia, interviewing angry grassroots conservatives and the corporate public relations experts who are manipulating them. Going undercover at several Tea Party rallies, Oldham has exclusive coverage of how corporate profiteers are attempting to bring the United States government back under their thumb.

Watch the trailer:

The complete documentary can be seen online for $1.99 at

(HT Kevin Grandia)

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