Alexandra Pelosi examines campaign finance for HBO

In her 10th doc for the cable net, the journalist and filmmaker is turning a lens on the mega-rich who back the major U.S. political parties.
July 12, 2016

Journalist and filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi is turning a lens on the mega-rich who back the major U.S. political parties in a documentary for HBO.

Meet the Donors: Does Money Talk? looks at the money side of American politics through the perspective of multi-millionaires and billionaires who donate, as well as fundraisers, lobbyists, unions and campaign finance reform crusaders.

Armed with a hand-held camera, Pelosi visits offices, cocktail soirees and fundraising events to ask America’s moneyed elite about the extent of their donations, their reasons for giving and the influence and access they get in return.

Donors who appear in the film include Saban Entertainment founder Haim Saban, billionaire oil investor T. Boone Pickens, Pritzer Group co-founder J.B. Pritzker, Hubbard Broadcasting CEO Stanley Hubbard, conservative political fundraiser Brad Freeman, Hollywood executive Jeffrey Katzenberg, former Republican congressman Tom Davis and investor Jonathan Soros, among others.

The doc is Pelosi’s 10th for HBO and will premiere on August 1 following the Republican and Democratic conventions. It will also be available across the network’s digital/VOD platforms.

Pelosi’s previous docs for the channel include Journeys with George, Diary of a Political Tourist, Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County and San Francisco 2.0.

Meet the Donors: Does Money Talk? is produced by Pelosi and HBO’s Lisa Heller. Sheila Nevins¬†exec produced for the network.

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