Ed O'Neill Helping Raise Funds For Documentary On Former Congressman

Posted: Oct 27 2014, 7:07pm CDT | by , in News

Ed O'Neill Helping Raise Funds for Documentary on Former Congressman
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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.

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.

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