Former Rep. James A. Traficant Jr.
Actor Ed O'Neill is supporting an effort to raise money for a documentary about a well known U.S. congressman from his native northeastern state of Ohio.
Filmmaker Eric Murphy says he has a crowdfunding campaign to raise $17,500 to finish production and add a new ending to "Traficant: Congressman of Crimetown." Former Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. died in September at age 73 following a tractor accident on his family's farm in Greenford, Ohio.
The money being raised is for archival licensing fees and distribution costs among others. He has approximately a month of time until November 23 to raise the money with the crowd-funding campaign. So far, he has received $9,805 from 49 people.
O'Neill, who currently stars in the TV show 'Modern Family' is helping fund the documentary about the late congressman. The actor, is offering a chance to have a lunch with him for people who pledge $2,500 or more. They will also get co-producer credit.
People who pledge $1,000 will get signed books, artwork and other items, The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reports. In addition to lending his name, O'Neill was interviewed in the movie and provides narration.
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In 2002, Traficant was expelled from Congress after his conviction on federal corruption charges. In 2009, he was released from prison after serving seven years behind bars.