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Hooray for Citizens United

Sound familiar?

The filmmaker behind a controversial documentary about President Obama is producing a documentary about the Clintons and their relationship.

The film — currently titled “Clinton Inc. the Movie” — is based on the book “Clinton Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine,” by the Weekly Standard writer Daniel Halper. The book was released in 2014, as Hillary Rodham Clinton was promoting her second memoir, “Hard Choices.” 

The book was leaked to news media outlets ahead of its publication, and it was picked apart by Mrs. Clinton’s defenders at places like Media Matters, founded by her close ally David Brock. 

But the rights to the book were sold to the filmmaker Doug Sain, who, with the conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, made the documentary “2016: Obama’s America.” 

Mr. Sain, in an interview, said that the film was still in development and that he was lining up investors. He said he hoped to complete it by the end of the year and release it next year, when Mrs. Clinton hopes to have secured the Democratic nomination for president.

A reminder: Were Hillary Clinton to get her way, and to see the Citizens United v. FEC case overturned — a case, recall, which was prompted after a private group was prohibited from airing a documentary critical of Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Democratic primary – the government would potentially be able to ban this film during next year’s election season. When conservatives say that the First Amendment is at stake in these “campaign finance” cases, this is exactly what we mean. 

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