Paul Scott – Plug 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.