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"Pay 2 Play" movie puts focus on Ohio politics
The film explores money's influence on elections

Karen Kasler
Pasy 2 Play puts the spotlight on Ohio politics.
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A new film that seeks to explore the influence of money in politics puts Ohio in the spotlight. The movie, "Pay 2 Play," has been shown in some independent theaters around the country, and comes to Columbus and Cincinnati this weekend.

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“’Pay to play’ would simply be if you give a contribution you get something in return ...” Ohio Republican lobbyist Neil Clark says.

He is one of several well-known political figures in the movie “Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes”. Director John Wellington Ennis profiles underdogs in big elections and the S.B 5 furor to set up his argument that money has too much influence in politics.

“What we’re trying to help people see is that it’s going to take outsiders to fix this system before we can really make these big changes,” Ennis says.

Ennis wants to end gerrymandering in drawing legislative district maps, a change that has been put before voters in Ohio and rejected. He also supports public financing for campaigns, free airtime for candidates and compulsory voting for everyone, kind of like jury duty.

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