01/24/2013 10:30 pm ET

'Citizen Koch' Producers Explain Motivation Behind Film

The producers behind Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" and "Fahrenheit 9/11" have now released their own film that explores the influence of money in politics and how it impacts regular Americans.

Carl Deal and Tia Lessin's "Citizen Koch" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this week. The filmmakers joined HuffPost Live on Thursday to explain why they set out to document the Supreme Court's 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. SEC, which gave corporations the same constitutional rights as citizens.

Lessin said they first got interested in Citizens United 10 years ago when the organization tried to claim that "Fahrenheit 9/11" somehow violated FEC's rules.

"Six years later, when they were trying to position themselves as advocates for free speech, we found that a little strange," Lessin said.

Deal told HuffPost Live's James Poulos that they decided to make a film after watching the instantaneous backlash to President Barack Obama's election, when just a few days after taking office, certain media types were already saying his presidency was doomed for failure.

"This incredibly uncivil discourse that permeated the airways, led by the Glenn Becks of this world, we were curious where this all came from," Deal said. "That's sort of what got us interested in the topic."

"Citizen Koch" especially focuses in on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's ties to David and Charles Koch and citizens there who feel they are being robbed of their rights.

Watch the Full Segment on HuffPost Live.