Conservative group Citizens United is moving forward with plans for a movie about Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of State, even as two networks are scrapping planned documentaries about Clinton's life.
Citizens United sought to air and advertise a movie critical of Clinton prior to the 2008 Democratic primaries, but was blocked by a district court ruling that said the attempt violated the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act's ban on independent expenditures by corporations and unions near Election Day.
The subsequent fight from Citizens United brought the issue all the way to the Supreme Court, where the court ruled in a now-famous decision to remove those limits.
The group plans to distribute its new movie in theaters and on DVD, and broadcast it on television. David Bossie, chairman of Citizens United, said the ability to do just that is why he took his initial fight to the Supreme Court.
"This is why I went to the Supreme Court," Bossie said. "Now that I won that case, I can do whatever I want with this new movie. I can advertise it on radio and TV, show it on TV whenever I want to — all the things they stopped us from doing with 'Hillary: The Movie.' "
He said that he was disappointed the two networks, NBC and CNN, canceled their documentaries because he was looking forward to the contrast they'd create with the Citizens United movie.
"NBC was casting Diane Lane as Hillary Clinton. Come on. They were doing everything in their power to make Hillary look good, which is their right," he said. "But ours will not be a puff piece designed to promote a Hillary Clinton presidency."
Citizens United has released a number of other political movies in recent years, including one critical of Terry McAuliffe, the current Democratic nominee for governor in Virginia.