Are political lobbies a vital element of American democracy...or a pernicious stain on society? This non-partisan documentary takes a clear-eyed look at the skyrocketing cost of election campaigns and the mounting burdens of fundraising taken on by candidates before and after their elections. In the film, challenging questions are asked about what truly serves the public interest. 76 min. Soundtrack: English.
The Best Government Money Can Buy? is the first behind-the-scenes, comprehensive, non-partisan examination of the system of lobbying in Washington, DC. The cost of election campaigns has spiraled out of control, to the extent that, on average, our representatives spend more than 25% of their time fund-raising. Even our Presidents regularly interrupt the nation's work in order to spend time fund-raising! Veteran documentary film-maker, British-born Francis Megahy, makes a journey of discovery as he tries to answer some questions which puzzle him: who provides the money? What effect does it have? How is it connected to the financing of political campaigns? And most crucial, is it in the public interest? the Best Government Money Can Buy? explores the issue through interviews with real Washington beltway insiders, key participants in the process - who often speak with surprising candor.