Caitlyn Jenner’s campaign says they’re ‘documenting history’ with a camera crew, but the footage could be sold for a documentary or reality show

Television personality Caitlyn Jenner attends WORLDZ Cultural Marketing Summit at Hollywood and Highland on August 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Television personality Caitlyn Jenner attends WORLDZ Cultural Marketing Summit at Hollywood and Highland on August 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Suspicions over Caitlyn Jenner’s California gubernatorial campaign are growing.
  • A new Politico report sheds details on a camera crew following her around.
  • Jenner could flip the footage to make money off of a documentary or reality show.
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Although Caitlyn Jenner’s Republican gubernatorial campaign in California has been light on substance, it may be sitting on a cash cow in the form of documentary footage.

Jenner is running in a recall election against Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, with enough voters signing a petition to put his term on the ballot early.

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A camera crew has been following Jenner all over the campaign trail, giving her the option of selling the video to a streaming service or TV channel, according to Politico Playbook.

“Right now, we’re focused on winning and I haven’t thought about what to do with it, but [the campaign is] something that needs to be documented,” a Jenner spokesperson told Politico.

Jenner’s campaign told Insider there is no deal in place for a documentary or TV show.

“As with any candidate that has done in the past, there are cameras filming Caitlyn at certain big political events like CPAC,” a campaign spokesperson wrote in an email. “There is no deal for any television show or documentary.”

While having a behind the scenes documentary put together is not unique to Jenner in US politics – the Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton presidential campaigns being the most notable examples – Jenner’s campaign has befuddled California political observers for months.

Right from the start, Jenner’s campaign had mysteriously few public events, even going “silent” for its first full week, as Politico reported back in April.

Her interviews have been mostly confined to Fox News and conservative media, and it took her 77 days to take any questions from the California press.

“If she goes through the motions and it’s a legit campaign, we can’t legally differentiate between people where it’s a long shot and she’s just doing it to make a movie,” Richard Painter, a campaign ethics lawyer, told Playbook.

California’s recall election is set for September 14.

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