Paul ScottPlug In America co-founder, Nissan Leaf salesman and EV advocate almost bar none – is not ready to let a little thing like a Presidential snubbing shut him up. Earlier this year, Scott tried to attend a fund-raising lunch in Santa Monica, CA, where he lives, to talk to President Obama for a few minutes about EVs. The story took on a life of its own, though, and after a lot of public criticism, the Democratic National Committee rejected Scott's money and did not allow him into the event. Scott turned around and took the $32,400 he had intended to spend on Presidential access on used Leaf EVs for family members.

The story continues, though, with – what else? – a crowdfunded documentary on the situation. Directed by Kelly Richard Olsen, the feature-length movie will chronicle the lunch story "from the day he received his invitation, to his willingness to spend his own retirement funds to attend the event and the nationwide controversy it caused, to the surprise decision of the Democratic National Committee to rescind his invitation and the further controversy that erupted because Paul was uninvited."

In an somewhat ironic twist (and, spoiler alert), the movie will also show that, thanks in part to all the controversy, the Netherlands invited Scott to Europe to speak at an EV conference recently. In attendance? "Leaders and policy makers of the Netherlands, England, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Belgium." Why talk to one president when you can talk to several?

The promotional video asking for donations for the movie (available below) is a bit low-budget, so we hope the movie will look more polished. You can donate anywhere between $25 (for a supporter postcard) and $10,000 (for an executive producer credit). More details over on GoFundMe. Director Olsen has learned a thing or two from the story through this point, since comments on the YouTube site are already disabled. They're not below, though, so go ahead and make your point. Politely, Mr. President.



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      Ben Crockett
      • 2 Months Ago
      I hope he gets some impact from his movie like his and Plug In Americas part in Who Killed the Electric Car? did. It was that movie and guys like Paul Scott that got me interested in EVs in the first place so my hat is always off to him.
        Ben Crockett
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Ben Crockett
        @ Marcopolo Regardless of your views of the WKTEC film it did raise attention good and bad. That is what a controversial movie does. My point was more that it sparked an otherwise no existence interest for me in EVs and that I feel is a good thing.
          Marco Polo
          • 2 Months Ago
          @Ben Crockett
          @ Ben Crockett Well, Ben if it worked for you, I guess that's a good thing.
        Marcopolo
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Ben Crockett
        @ Ben Crockett " Who Killed the Electric Car? " I hope not ! The WKTEC film, did more to harm EV adoption than good. It spawned a vast number of idiotic conspiracy theories, fueled by myths, half facts, and suppositions that provided ammunition for EV opponents, and alienated so much good will from mainstream folk who previously were quite sympathetic.
      Marcopolo
      • 2 Months Ago
      I like Paul Scott (hell, it's hard not to !) . I admire his enthusiasm and sincerity for the cause of EV adoption. However, I also feel that any campaign that starts with a false premise, in the end does more harm than good. Paul Scott's invitation to "Lunch with the President" was not rescinded because he is an EV advocate, but because he intended to misuse the invitation. Fund raising events, are not designed to be advocacy forums for any particular cause. The purpose of such events is for the party faithful, to spend time with the candidate, socialize with fellow party supporters and guests, make your donation, express your support, eat some indigestible food, drink some indifferent beverages, press the paw of the great man, mumble support and loyalty, have your picture taken with the President, and go home. That's all you get for your donation. If you want a more political meeting, with an opportunity to affect policy, then other, more appropriate political methods exist to influence politicians.
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Marcopolo
        "then other, more appropriate political methods exist to influence politicians."... ok... like what?
      JPWhite
      • 2 Months Ago
      The Obama administration promised to be the most open and transparent in history, with the ability for the people to voice their feedback on all bills passed and be open to feedback. Funny how the reality is a stark contrast to the campaign promises. It's a real shame that Paul isn't able to voice his ideas to this administration due to the stonewall that has been erected. Don't worry Paul, the administration knows everything you say and do anyway. Mr. Snowden revealed that to us all.
      • 2 Months Ago
      Did the White House ever refund his money?
        • 2 Months Ago
        Ah, looks like they must have since he used the money to start the documentary... also why is there no delete or edit comment here?
      EVnerdGene
      • 2 Months Ago
      Truly, more money than brains.
        motorhead
        • 2 Months Ago
        @EVnerdGene
        Nerd, you'll have to admit, it is unusual for a liberal to spend his own money on his agenda. But free trip to Europe while spewing CO2 along the way, and having his hand out at the end puts him back in his comfort zone.
          lad
          • 2 Months Ago
          @motorhead
          No! Both parties are into keeping themselves happy...do you really think they care beyond getting elected? If you think they really care about your welfare, you must know all the names of Santa's flying reindeer.
          Thereminator
          • 2 Months Ago
          @motorhead
          Id rather have the personal freedom to make myself happy...but I guess that point was lost somewhere along the way.
          Nicholas (Kompulsa)
          • 2 Months Ago
          @motorhead
          How many conservatives spend their own money on their agenda? Here is a much better question: How many of them stick to it? I remember them suddenly opposing war when Obama proposed it. Btw, I am not for that war, or any other. Conservatives also never try to help the masses, because they don't care. Stop pretending to care about the world, because you don't. Also, he intended to make a big difference by going on that trip, so don't treat him like a hypocrite. You emit CO2 as well. The CO2 emitted would be nothing compared to what a policy change could save. No even 1%. However, I am not sure if he can influence them positively. I hope he does.
          Aaron
          • 2 Months Ago
          @motorhead
          From what I've seen, especially recently, "liberals" (e.g., Democrats) are focused more on keeping the people happy, while "conservatives" (e.g., Republicans) are more focused on keeping businesses happy. Am I understanding the divide correctly?
      throwback
      • 2 Months Ago
      A movie? Seriously? Talk about taking yourself way to serious, wow.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Months Ago
      Someone really wants attention.
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