Starting tonight, a full length half hour documentary will hit the internet with the goal of derailing Terry McAuliffe's campaign.
"Fast Terry" is a half hour film that focuses on McAuliffe's two recent business dealings- Greentech a electric car start up in Mississippi that we have covered extensively and Franklin Pellets the former International Paper mill in Southeast Virginia that McAuliffe hopes to turn into a pellet manufacturing facility.
NBC12 was given an early screening of the film and we conducted an extensive interview with the President of the conservative group "Citizens United" which funded the movie and is paying to promote it across the Commonwealth.
For the most part, the film slickly recounts many of the issues regarding both start ups that have plagued McAuliffe in their infancy. It talks to what appears to be average citizens in both communities who seem disappointed in McAuliffe for promising jobs and hope. In both cases the companies have fallen short of early expectations.
Perhaps the most startling revelation from the film comes from a group of former employees who agreed to go on camera. They each recount their experience with Greentech and echo many of same concerns that a former worker we profiled in an NBC12 special report last week. The former workers go into detail about what they describe as a "show" put on for what they thought to be investors. They also said that during their time at Greentech, few if any cars were produced.
"We probably came to work for about three or four months straight doing nothing but sweeping the floor or painting," recounted Melvin, who is described as a "Former Greentech Employee".
Greentech officials have directly denied any of the claims of these former workers and have said that the repetitive building of cars was not designed to put on a show, but as a training program.
The group also claims that a large group of Greentech employees were laid off at the end of 2012. Greentech has said the company has never laid off anyone, but have let several employees go after unsatisfactory performance reviews.
Democrats have already gone on the attack against Citizen's United and the movie claiming that it's sole purpose is to attack and not inform.
"We know the last time he (filmmaker Jason Meath) made one of this attack ad films it was called 'highly misleading'," said Lauren Harmon the Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia. "Many of the interviewees were upset that their quotes were taken out of context."
Meath produced the film "King of Bain" which was designed to attack former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney during his primary against former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Gingrich did distance himself from "King of Bain".
Barbara Tuchel is a Tunica, MS citizen advocate and was originally appeared in our report on Greentech. She is prominently featured in "Fast Terry", but told me tonight she didn't realize she was participating in a documentary funded by Citizens United.
Had she known the funding for "Fast Terry" was coming from that particular orginization Tuchel said she would not have participated.
"I have a petition on the internet to overturn the Citizens United case," Tuchel said. "I wouldn't have done anything with them if I knew that."
Tuchel did sign a disclosure agreement with KillianFilm, Meath's company. A spokesman for Citizen's United said that is common practice in the documentary film industry.
Tuchel did say that her interview was portrayed appropriately in the film.
David Bossie the President of Citizens United believes that the film accurately depicts McAuliffe's role in these two companies.
"These are real people telling their stories," Bossie said. "It is not hard to see where they are coming from."
Tonight at 11 on NBC12 we will show you the first pictures from Fast Terry before it becomes available for free everywhere on the internet.