Published on October 26th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown


Paul Scott Turns Obama Fundraiser Controversy Into A Documentary

October 26th, 2013 by  

Remember the man who gathered $32,400 to attend a Democratic National Committee fundraiser? He wanted 2 minutes to tell the president some things about electric vehicles.

That man, occasional CleanTechnica guest author Paul Scott, was uninvited from the fundraiser and refunded the money (which actually came from his retirement fund). Subsequently, the government of the Netherlands invited him to an international EV conference involving leaders from England, Norway, Sweden, Germany, and Denmark. They didn’t take his money. Rather, they escorted him via subsidized transport so that he could give his presentation. That is so much better than getting to meet only one president!

Now… Paul’s back! This time, he and his friend Kelly Richard Olsen (also an occasional CleanTechnica contributor and a prolific EV video producer) are making a documentary about the enormous controversy surrounding the Democratic National Committee fundraiser. It is titled, “My Lunch With Obama.”

As the fundraiser campaign page says: “My Lunch With Obama is a feature-length documentary that chronicles Paul’s journey — from the day he received his invitation, to his willingness to spend his own retirement funds to attend the event and the nationwide controversy it caused, to the surprise decision of the Democratic National Committee to rescind his invitation and the further controversy that erupted because Paul was uninvited.”

Also: “The film also chronicles Paul’s subsequent invitation from the government of the Netherlands to attend an international EV conference where he gave a presentation to leaders and policy makers of the Netherlands, England, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Belgium.”

He hopes to raise $60,000 to fund the film via a campaign on GoFundMe. Donations can be as little as $25 or as much as $10,000.

Paul Scott is the co-founder of Plug In America, which is a leading (if not the leading) EV advocacy and education group.

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  • Jim Seko

    It seems that only rich people with lawyers know how to bribe politicians in a way that does not draw attention. Us regular folk can’t influence politicians who discreetly receive millions of dollars in bribes from rich people.

    • Bob_Wallace

      It’s going to stay this way until we tackle campaign financing.

      Changing the system won’t be easy. It might even take a amendment to the Constitution. But if we don’t make the change money will continue to play too large a role in how the government runs.

      • Nick

        And term limits!

        • Bob_Wallace

          Please, no term limits.

          Leave the high quality people in the job as long as they are willing and able.

          We need to term people out at the ballot box. States and districts need to be willing to take a close look at who they’ve elected and replace the duds.

          We’ve learned why term limits are a bad idea in California. There’s a constant turnover so that no one knows how the system works and lobbyists end up having too much influence, writing too much of the legislation.
          I want some of those old grey warhorses to provide continuity.

  • Ronald Brakels

    I was surprised and kind of digusted when I found out that actors at conventions sign autographs for money. Not that I thought actors weren’t compensated for their time, I just assumed their pay came out of the ticket price to get into the convention. I assumed that fans at least wanted the illusion that their favorite actors weren’t venial. Obviously, I should be vastly more disgusted by people paying for access to politicians in a representative democracy. However, I think I blew my political disgust gasket a long time ago and so I feel more eye rolling resignation than anything else. Politicians of the world, I want to feel disgusted again, please try harder. No, don’t try harder at being more disgusting. I want you to work harder at being ethical so that when you are caught not being ethical I will feel a good, healthy sense of disgust again. At the moment I am suffering from disgust fatigue. I think it settled in the last time a representative democracy invaded a country to liberate it from tryanny and only just by shear coincidence it happeed to have massive oil reserves. I do realize that incentives politician labour under will almost certainly need to be changed for me to get my disgust back on.

  • Ivor O’Connor

    I hope to see this film soon.

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