FEC records: Obama campaign paid $345000 for Guggenheim film biopic
Records filed by Obama for America with the Federal Election Commission indicate that the president’s re-election campaign shelled out at least $345,353 to commission “The Road We’ve Traveled,” a 17-minute campaign documentary by Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim, set for release Thursday. The price comes out to more than $20,300 per minute.
Katie Hogan, deputy press secretary for the Obama campaign, refused to provide any additional information about the documentary’s funding stream or whether a public relations firm was authorized to speak about the film project.
It is likely that there are additional costs associated with the documentary, such as advertising and promotional expenses, but Obama for America also would not comment on that possibility.
Hogan did tell the Daily Caller on Wednesday that Guggenheim had approached the Obama campaign and asked if there was anything he could do to help with President Obama’s re-election bid.
Hogan also wouldn’t say whether payments to Tom Hanks, who narrated the film, were included in the media production costs disclosed to the FEC. Messages left with the agency representing Hanks — Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles — were not immediately returned.
Following its release, “The Road We’ve Traveled” will be posted on the Obama for America campaign website. Hogan told TheDC there are no plans to screen the film at a large number of commercial locations, but “that could change.”
The film itself appears to focus on the president’s response to economic turmoil, his health care overhaul and the mission to kill Osama bin Laden. The Guggenheim production has faced criticism recently for its failure to include President Obama’s shortfalls along with his accomplishments.
The Obama campaign’s FEC filings raised additional questions,
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