In an exclusive premiere for Film Salon readers, here's a deleted scene from Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney's upcoming documentary "Casino Jack and the United States of Money." The film recounts the horrifying, mesmerizing saga of über-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the congressional corruption scandal of the late '90s and early 2000s that dramatically changed the landscape of Washington (and definitely not for the better).
In this Webisode, Gibney explores the elaborate money shuffle through which Abramoff channeled money from supposedly legitimate lobbying clients (like Indian tribes) through Republican PACs and Big Pharma front groups, who in turn wrote industry-friendly legislation that was passed intact by the GOP-led Congress. I'll have an interview with Gibney and more coverage of the film next week. "Casino Jack and the United States of Money" opens May 7 in major cities, but you'll only find this clip here (at least until the DVD comes out).