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Moore screed against corporate welfare got over $800,000 in gov’t money

posted at 2:16 pm on December 4, 2012 by

Via Taegan Goddard, the New York Times reports that Michael Moore’s cinematic attack on “corporate welfare” came courtesy of, er …

Hollywood may make movies about the evils of capitalism, but it rarely works without incentives, which are paid for by taxpayers. Nationwide, about $1.5 billion in tax breaks is awarded to the film industry each year, according to a state-by-state survey by The New York Times.

Within two months, 24 movies had signed up to film in Michigan — up from two the entire year before. The productions estimated that they would spend $195 million filming there, and in return they would be refunded about $70 million in cash.

Before long, residents were rushing out on their lunch breaks to catch a glimpse of celebrities like Drew Barrymore, who was filming her movie “Whip It” in Ann Arbor, and Clint Eastwood, who was shooting “Gran Torino” in the Detroit area. Even Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called “Capitalism: A Love Story,” sought and received incentives.

Moore got over $840,000 in taxpayer-funded incentives to make his movie opposing taxpayer-funded incentives for businesses.

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Ashley Judd should run for President with Michael Moore as VP in 2016.

Rocks on December 4, 2012 at 2:21 PM

He may be a hypocrite, but he’s a fat, rich hypocrite.

Bitter Clinger on December 4, 2012 at 2:24 PM

It’s about 7 days worth of food….or

10 million years worth of hygene products.

Oil Can on December 4, 2012 at 2:25 PM

the day that anyone starts dealing with this kind of spending let alone all the other duplicative and/or ineffective programs is the day I’ll think there is hope for this country.

CoffeeLover on December 4, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Here is an article of two taxpayers funded company that is going to china! And WE are paying for that! foto’s are laughing their fool heads off at us!

letget on December 4, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Hypocrisy is a must requirement to be a liberal and a socialist…

mnjg on December 4, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Yet somehow, the irony will be lost on the likes of Mike Moore.

After all, he got rich making fun of the rich.
Tax him !!

Jabberwock on December 4, 2012 at 2:40 PM

But But Michael Moore is an Artist not a lowly filthy business man.

ChunkyLover on December 4, 2012 at 4:29 PM

End the Hollywood Tax Cuts!

Another Drew on December 4, 2012 at 6:11 PM