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Controversial new documentary attacks McAuliffe

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Controversial conservative group "Citizens United" is set to launch a half-hour documentary attacking Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe.

The film will soon be available for free on the internet, but NBC12 was given an early screening. It is slick, entertaining and downright damning toward the man who wants to be Virginia's next governor.

"We are not supporters of Terry McAuliffe," said David Bossie the President of Citizens United.

Bossie doesn't hide his clear agenda in the race for Governor. He knows his move is tough, but he stands by what it claims to reveal.

"Nobody is scripted, this is real people in their own words," he said.

Citizens United focuses on two companies: Greentech, an electric car start up in Mississippi, and Franklin Pellets, a company in Southeast Virginia that McAuliffe is working to get going after buying a former paper mill.

In fact, several different former-Greentech employees claim that the work being done inside the company's Horn Lake, Mississippi plant isn't really anything at all.

"We probably came to work for about three or four months straight doing nothing but sweeping the floor or painting," said Melvin. He is described as a former-Greentech employee.

But Lauren Harmon the executive director of the Democratic Party of Virginia said anything produced by Citizens United should be taken with some skepticism.

"We know the last time he (filmmaker Jason Meath) made one of this attack ad films it was called 'highly misleading.' Many of the interviewees were upset that their quotes were taken out of context," Harmon said.

Barbara Tuchel, a Tunica citizen advocate, was featured in an NBC12 investigation into Greentech in May. She said she would not have participated in the film if she had known Citizens United was producing it, but that her interview was accurately portrayed.

Now the movie hits the internet and the airwaves, leaving the voters to decide if it will have an impact on November.

In addition to the statewide ad campaign, this film will also air in its entirety on three different southwest Virginia TV stations a total of 60 times. According Larry Sabato at UVA's Center for Politics, that has never happened in a Virginia Governor's race.

You can see more on "Fast Terry" on DecisionVirginia.com.

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