"It's not about left versus right. It's about insiders versus outsiders."
“It’s not about left versus right. It’s about insiders versus outsiders.”
So says filmmaker John Ennis in his documentary “Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes,” a scathing look at the ever-increasing influence of money in politics — and what that money gets you politically.
Ohio’s own “Coingate” scandal is touted as one of the most absurd examples of pay-to-play politics. “Once I saw how pay-to-play was working in Ohio,” says Ennis, “I realized it was going on everywhere.”
Ennis’ film doesn’t stray from the template of modern political documentaries — a blend of interviews, infographics and visual spins on the board game Monopoly — but the issue touched on here is at the core of every issue from war to climate change (and why nothing gets done on either of those.)
Sam Gresham, Common Cause Ohio chair, will moderate a discussion featuring the director at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Gateway. Other panelists include former bureau chief of the Cleveland Plain Dealer Sandy Theis and OSU law professor Dan Tokaji, who is also the author of "The New Soft Money: Outside Spending in Congressional Elections."