Marc Perkel is spending US$2000 in the hope of ensuring the result of next week's presidential election.
Not by buying expensive TV adverts (something that would cost much more than US$2000) but by offering Michael Moore's film Fahrenheit 9/11 for free download from his site, in the hope that watching it will encourage people to vote against George W. Bush.
And at least half of his hope has been fulfilled: thousands of people have downloaded the film from his site, in a format that can be watched on a computer.
Yet despite offering a box-office hit backed by heavyweight producers such as Harvey Weinstein, available for free over the Net, Mr Perkel, of San Bruno in California, does not fear being sued, as one would normally expect.
Instead, he insists that "Michael Moore wants me to distribute this" - although he also admits Mr Moore has not spoken to him specifically.
The US$2000 is the cost of one month's high-speed internet access to his website where the digital versions of the film are stored - and if download numbers are any guide, he has found a receptive audience.
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