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The Big Buy: Tom Delay's Stolen Congress

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Documentary
Release Date:May 19, 2006
Running time:90 minutes
Cast:Jack Abramoff, Chris Bell, Jacqueline Blankenship, Steve Brittain, Paul Burka
Director:Mark Birnbaum, Jim Schermbeck
Producer:Mark Birnbaum, Robert Greenwald, Jim Schermbeck
Distributor:Brave New Films

Description: This film depicts how Texas Congressman and House Leader Tom DeLay tried to, in his words, "completely redesign government." His first aim was to destroy the Department of Education, HUD, OSHA, the NEH, the NEA, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Energy. DeLay's utter contempt of government made him a favorite of corporations who funded his rise to power. DeLay also succeeded in re-writing the Texas congressional districts which resulted in electing five hard-right Republican Congressman to Washington. He made his big mistake when he started to funnel banned corporate money to candidates in the 2002 Texas elections. This triggered an investigation by an obscure district attorney, Ronnie Earle. However, even though DeLay had to resign from Congress, his past successes are still impacting Americans daily. "The Big Buy" is destined to serve as a rallying cry for those who want to change "The house that Tom built" back into "The people's house". And, this disturbing documentary also connects the dots between big money and big government. It's not a pretty picture.

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