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Fund drive to finish documentary on Traficant tops its $25K goal

Published: Fri, December 2, 2011 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Amanda C. Davis


With hours to spare, donors came through to raise more than $25,000 to help Eric Murphy, former Mahoning Valley resident, finish a documentary about former U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr.

The deadline to raise $25,000 was 9:25 p.m. Wednesday through Kickstarter, an online fundraising platform. The campaign raised $25,581, pledged by 165 people.

Murphy, formerly of Warren, wouldn’t have received any money if the goal hadn’t been met. He said he appreciates every dollar pledged.

“I am humbled by the support from friends and family, colleagues in Los Angeles and strangers who just appreciated the project,” he said. “It’s great to hear from Youngstown-Americans from across the country.”

The money will allow Murphy and producer Jeff Alberini of Howland to conduct a final round of interviews and purchase third-party footage from news outlets, which Murphy said is very expensive.

Alberini is a teacher at Choffin Career and Technical Center in Youngstown, producer for the Cleveland Indians and associate producer of Homework Express at Youngstown State University.

He said the documentary’s subject matter is so compelling that it “just sucks you in.”

He and Murphy have worked hard on the project for a few years, he said, adding, “To see that the goal was met is surreal, especially in this economy.”

Murphy lives in California and is a writer/producer for History Channel and Travel Channel. He said the project should be complete by late 2012.

The 90-minute documentary, “Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown,” examines the corruption that permeated the area and took down a once loved politician.

Traficant was released from federal prison in 2009 after serving seven years for bribery, racketeering and other charges.


1kensgirl(1056 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Well I hope Mr. Murphy and every person who contributed to this project is happy. Now (again) the whole world can laugh at Youngstown. After such scathing advertisement who will want to relocate here or start their business? Oh yeah, you got your names added to the credits. I'm so happy you got your 15 minutes of fame. You could have spent your money more wisely if you gave it to a hungry child in this area or bought Christmas presents for a deserving family. Shame on you Mr. Murphy and shame on all the people who donated to your documentary. Now go back to California and let us deal with the repercussions.

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2Attis(1128 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

"Only is his hometown and in his own house (of representatives) is a prophet without honor" (Matthew 13:57)

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3Penguinalumni(2 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I am really looking forward to this. The trailer was good. But....Youngstown-Americans?

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4southsidedave(5189 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

A waste of time & money.

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5kensgirl(1056 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

ATTIS - He is without honor because he took money from the mob. He is without honor because he lied about it. He is without honor because he disgraced his position and district with his corrupt behavior. Go to Webster's Dictionary and look up the definition.

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6wytv4me(6 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Youngstown natives just made this movie last year! It was called Youngstown: Still Standing.

Instead of focusing on just Jimbo though, they document ALL of Youngstown's history. Boom Boom Mancini produced it and beat this new one to the punch...



You can see from the video that it detailed Traficant's rise and fall as sheriff and congressman already. They even had Ed O'Neill and Paul Gains already too!

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7kensgirl(1056 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I got it! Let's bring back Don Hanni, Joey and Sandy Naples, Ernie Biondillo and Vince DeNiro! That'll REALLY make a good story!

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