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Citizens United’s Anti-Obama Film The Hope and the Change to Air on TV

As Mitt Romney’s campaign struggles and Barack Obama gains traction in the latest polls, Citizens United is lobbing a grenade into the mix. Its hourlong film The Hope and the Change, which features 40 Obama voters who are disaffected with the president’s first term in office, is coming to television. 

The film will air on six cable and six broadcast networks, beginning this week and carrying through Election Day. David Bossie, the group’s president, says he hopes it will reach voters in tens of millions of homes.

“This is why I did ‘Citizens United,’ ” Bossie told Politico. “This would have been a criminal act under McCain-Feingold before my court case.” 

The Romney campaign can use all the help it can get amid reports of internal disarray. Romney’s top campaign strategist, Stuart Stevens, is taking heat for missteps around embassy protests and the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, which came on the heels of a Republican convention most memorable for Clint Eastwood’s empty-chair theatrics and no sign of a bounce in the polls.