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In a post-'Citizens United' America, do 'We the People' even matter anymore? Does democracy matter anymore?

Dear (Potential) Backers,

Our $20,000 funding goal is the absolute minimum we need to complete our documentary '99 Voices' -- this is a multimedia documentary in two parts: a feature length film and a large format hardcover photo journal.

It is important for our backers to understand that if we do not reach the our minimum funding goal of $20,000 within 30 days, KickStarter will return all pledged money to our backers and NOTHING will go to 99 Voices -- ultimately killing this important examination into the democratic process in the first presidential election since US Supreme Court's 'Citizens United' ruling -- a ruling which allows for virtually unlimited spending in all elections.

Please support '99 Voices' with however much you are able -- backers at EVERY pledge level with be listed on the official website under the "Our Supporters" tab and on a rolling crawl prominently placed on the website's home page (unless of course you prefer your name not to be included).

Backers at the $10 pledge level (and above) will also be listed in the closing credits of the film under the "Special Thanks to ..." section AND receive a '99Voices.US' bumper sticker (see detailed image below)!

The Official '99Voices.US' Bumper Sticker (four inches square on vinyl)
The Official '99Voices.US' Bumper Sticker (four inches square on vinyl)

Backers at the $25 pledge level (and above) will also receive a digital download of the film!

Backers at the $50 pledge level (and above) will also receive a special edition '99 Voices' t-shirt (see front and back images of the t-shirt below)!

The Official '99Voices' T-shirt (Front View)
The Official '99Voices' T-shirt (Front View)
The Official '99Voices' T-shirt (Back View)
The Official '99Voices' T-shirt (Back View)

Backers at the $100 pledge level (and above) will also receive their own DVD copy of the documentary film '99 Voices' signed by the documentarians!

Please understand that our $20,000 goal will provide just enough support from the Kickstarter community to ONLY complete the shooting and editing of the film as well as an ELECTRONIC ONLY version of the photo journal.  To actually get the book into print and to hire a film editor to polish the final cut of the film, we'll need much closer to $50,000 or $60,000. However, we didn't want to run the risk of not meeting such a high dollar goal and end up not being able to get ANY of the work out there ... at least in electronic form.  So please remember, the more support you (and your friends and family) provide, the better the film and photo journal will be.

If you have any problems with placing your pledge, please do not hesitate to contact us at kickstarter@99voices.us and we will be happy to assist you.

Thank you so much for your consideration of 99 Voices!

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What is '99 Voices'?

99 Voices is a multimedia documentary in two parts answering the question: "In a post-'Citizens United' America, do 'We the People' even matter anymore?"

• Part I: 99 Voices - a Documentary Film

As political junkies ourselves, John and Chris will be traveling to Madison, Wisconsin to cover the Scott Walker gubernatorial recall election; then to Tampa, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina to cover the Republican and Democratic National Conventions; and lastly to Philadelphia and Washington, DC -- the birthplace of and the current residence of our democracy.

We will be asking ordinary Americans just like you from nearly every state in our union: What do you think about the state of our democracy?  What kind of impact is 'Citizen United', and the resulting increase in unregulated special interest spending, having on the national election and the political process in general?  Is change needed?  And if so, what would you change and how should we begin to make that change happen?

• Part II: 99 Voices - 'We the People' in Our Own Words - a Photo Journal

Photographer and videographer, John Christian Hansen captures images from inside and outside the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in Tampa, FL and Charlotte, NC --as well as Madison, Philadelphia and Washington, DC-- interweaving them with portraits and individual stories from not just the 99 voices featured in the documentary, but also those we couldn't fit into the final cut of the film.

PLEASE NOTE: The photo journal will be available to all as a digital download through our website www.99voices.us.  It will ONLY become available as a hardcover 'coffee table' book to the general public if and ONLY if our fundraising exceeds $50,000 (thus allowing us to cover the cost of the best quality printing available).

IMPORTANT NOTE for BACKERS at the $1,000 and ABOVE PLEDGE LEVELS: Even if we do not raise enough money to put the photo journal into full print production, you WILL be rewarded (AS PROMISED) with a hardcover edition of the photo journal.  As a backer at this pledge level and above, you WILL receive a signed and numbered hardcover limited edition copy of the book through on-demand printing should our fundraising NOT exceed $50,000.

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