Video: Tax subsidy critic Michael Moore receives Michigan tax subsidy he criticized

posted at 12:02 pm on January 31, 2010 by Michelle

The Mackinac Center of Michigan exposes crockumentarian Michael Moore’s embrace of government tax subsidies for a deep-pocketed private business.

His business.

Moore applied for and will receive the tax goodies while sitting on Michigan’s Film Office Advisory Council:

The 2009 documentary “Capitalism: A Love Story,” produced by Michigan filmmaker Michael Moore, has been approved for a subsidy from the Michigan Film Office, according to a video released today by Kathy Hoekstra, communications specialist for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Moore is a member of the Film Office Advisory Council, which advises the state-run Michigan Film Office.

“While we don’t blame Mr. Moore and his production team for taking what is offered, it’s striking that a movie focused on the inequities of granting taxpayer dollars to private enterprise would apply for and receive taxpayer-funded incentives,” said Michael LaFaive, fiscal policy director at the Mackinac Center. “Government should not be bailing out or subsidizing Wall Street banks or main street filmmakers. As Moore knows, this marriage between government and business — in the name of creating and saving jobs — can facilitate every sort of mischief.”

At a forum in July 2008, Moore seemed critical of the program, which provides filmmakers with refundable tax credits worth as much as 42 percent of expenditures for movies made in the state.

“These are large multinational corporations — Viacom, GE, Rupert Murdoch — that own these studios,” said Moore at the Traverse City event. “Why do they need our money, from Michigan, from our taxpayers, when we’re already broke here? I mean, they play one state against another, and so they get all this free cash when they’re making billions already in profits. What’s the thinking behind that?”

Janet Lockwood, director of the Michigan Film Office, would not disclose how much the payment might be for “Capitalism: A Love Story.”

“Given the state’s precarious fiscal status, should struggling families and businesses continue subsidizing filmmakers?” asked LaFaive. “How can a state with the nation’s worst unemployment rate justify special tax favors to millionaire filmmakers? We already know the incentive fails as an economic development tool.”

More from Mackinac here.

Captain Do-As-I-Say-Not-As-I-Do strikes again.

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Is this too mean?

yoda on January 31, 2010 at 6:50 PM

yoda: That was cute,hehe,thanks!!:)

Oh,I think were not mean enough:)

canopfor on January 31, 2010 at 8:39 PM

chickasaw42 on January 31, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Where in Iowa? I live in Des Moines….

lovingmyUSA on January 31, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Moore is a vile, fat, overweight piece of MOO MOO….

hawkman on January 31, 2010 at 9:36 PM

canopfor on January 31, 2010 at 8:39 PM

canopor: Iz diz meen nuf?

yoda on January 31, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Yes I know it is far too easy to dump on this tard because he’s the size of a garbage truck but I cannot help it. How can ANYONE supposedly in the public eye allow themself to turn into a mess like this? He makes Jaba the Hutt look slim by comparison. The photo of him rooting through garbage cans is priceless; there’s a perfectly good piece of someone’s lunch in there…yummy! This idiot doesn’t have enough discipline or self worth to pass up anything he can stuff into his face yet his opinion is supposed to matter? He must have extremely low self esteem and I sure agree with him on that. His “films” are crappy and he has become a waddling joke so I guess he better check into food rehab. If he drops 10-pounds a week he’ll be out within the decade. Imagine if you will the size of his carbon footprint; instead of cap and tax, his version is stuff and swallow.

jgdp on January 31, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Hey- even a fat freaking wood tick can be a hypocrite too!

2ipa on February 1, 2010 at 7:34 AM

Michael Moore is such a disgrace to the liberal spectrum. Talks about banning certain foods while eating them to obvious excess. Trying to be the next Chomsky or Saulinksy, he will should just change his name Moronsky, because he does not have philosophic bone in his large body.

Even with the money he has made from his loosely defined documentaries, I bet he still checks coin returns on pay phones, paper stands, airport lockers and cart dispensers for small change, and also makes change for a five, ten, or twenty dollar bill when he only puts in a dollar in the blind guys tin cup or donation plate in church.

MSGTAS on February 1, 2010 at 9:15 AM