Want to meet Ed O’Neill? ‘Modern Family’ star part of fundraising effort for Traficant movie

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Ed O’Neill is supporting an effort to raise funds to complete a documentary about a colorful congressman in his native northeast 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.”

**Watch a promotion included on the campaign website in the video player above**

Former Congressman James A. Traficant Jr. died last month at age 73 following a tractor accident on his family’s farm near Youngstown.

O’Neill was interviewed for the documentary and added a narrative voice.

Depending on the amount pledged, backers can get anything from a free copy of the documentary and a “Beam me up” T-shirt to their names included in the credits and private screenings.

Backers who pledge at least $2,500 get lunch with O’Neill, the veteran actor who currently stars in the TV comedy series “Modern Family.”

O’Neill has signed books, artwork and other items for $1,000 pledges.

For more on the campaign, click here.

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