A team of reporters uncovers a secret playbook for winning the White House in 2016: thousands of internal documents that expose in vivid detail how one very high-profile presidential candidate cheated the system, circumvented campaign finance laws, used corporate funds to fuel their campaign, lied to the public and failed to disclose several secret business deals.
“What you have here is a blueprint for running a campaign off the books. And that's illegal.”
- Lawrence Noble, Former General Counsel,
Federal Election Commission
“Justice Department prosecutors need to examine these documents and open a criminal inquiry immediately."
- James J. Wedick, Retired Supervisory Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
"The lack of transparency is alarming. Voters should be very concerned."
- Sheila Krumholz, Executive Director, Center for Responsive Politics
For two decades, Marc has made critically acclaimed documentaries broadcast in the United States and worldwide on PBS, National Geographic and Al Jazeera International, online and in theaters and festivals. His many films have been nominated for three national documentary Emmys and have been honored with dozens of awards.
Josh is an eight-time Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter whose stories have resulted in the arrest and conviction of several politicians. Josh has been honored with two prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards and was previously named Alabama’s Best Investigative Reporter by the Associated Press.
Frank Bass has worked at the intersection of politics and investigative journalism for more than 25 years, beginning as a young reporter who helped cover George Wallace in Alabama. Bass shared the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and several other state and national awards for coverage of the state’s infant mortality epidemic. He is a respected pioneer in data journalism and the author of three books.
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Tia Lessin is the director and producer, with Carl Deal, of Trouble the Water (winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, the Gotham Independent Film Award and the Full Frame Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize) and of Citizen Koch which was shortlisted for the 2015 Oscars.
James B. Steele is one of America’s foremost investigative reporters. He currently serves as a contributing editor to Vanity Fair magazine. In 1971, Jim joined with fellow Philadelphia Inquirer journalist Don Barlett to form the most enduring and respected investigative reporting partnership in American journalism.
Keith Bowers has worked at a high level in television journalism since the early 1980s, including a 20-year-stint at the BBC. At one stage he was the executive in charge of all the BBC's international current affairs output on its various national and international radio and television outlets.
Mark Horvit is the executive director of Investigative Reporters & Editors. He oversees training, conferences and services for more than 5,000 members worldwide, and for programs including the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) and DocumentCloud.
Bill Buzenberg is one of America’s foremost journalism executives. During his 45-year career, Bill has served as executive director of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Center for Public Integrity, Vice President of NPR News, NPR foreign affairs correspondent, and head of news for Minnesota Public Radio / American Public Media.
"I'm not suggesting ____ is skirting the law.
I'm saying ____ is breaking the law."
- Paul Ryan, Deputy Executive Director, Campaign Legal Center
"People feel as if it's these casino magnates and big corporations that are buying these candidates."
- David Kolker, Former Chief of Litigation, Federal Election Commission
Major funding for 2016: The Shadow Campaign provided by:
Don and Doris Shaffer Philanthropic Fund
Nathan Shaffer and Lauri Markowitz Fund
Additional support generously provided by:
“Money is speech if you have lot of it. Money isn’t speech to folks without any money.”
- Paul Ryan, Deputy Executive Director, the Campaign Legal Center
“We don’t have enough spending in elections. Even though we had a substantial victory in Citizens United… the work still isn’t done.”
- James Bopp, Citizens United lawyer