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Hypocrisy on parade: Noted Hollywood lib twists arms for millions in tax credits

By Doug Powers  •  March 24, 2014 09:50 AM

**Written by Doug Powers


Actor Kevin Spacey, currently starring in the Netflix hit show “House of Cards,” is a big supporter of President Obama. As a longtime Obama fan, we can only assume that Spacey embraces the “millionaires should pay their fair share” rhetoric that has been an integral part of the Hope & Change pitch. That, of course, doesn’t apply to Hollywood:

The invitations — sent to every member of the Maryland General Assembly — promised “an evening of Annapolis, D.C. and Hollywood.” Oh, and it was.
Spacey? He was there to whip votes.

“House of Cards” filmed its first two seasons in Maryland and planned to start filming the third season this spring. That has been pushed off until at least June, as the show’s makers refuse to continue filming in Maryland until lawmakers vote to set aside millions more in film tax credits. The show has already received, or is in the process of receiving, as much as $26.6 million in reimbursements for the more than $119 million they spent in the state during the first two seasons. For Season 3, they want another $15 million. So far, the state has only promised $4 million.

I’d urge President Obama to use his pen and his phone to call for an end to the hypocrisy, but since the vast majority of Hollywood donates and fundraises for politicians who pledge to force the rich to “pay their fair share,” it would be futile.

Politicians can be embarrassing as hell when they get around Hollywood actors:

Inside the bar, Spacey oozed charm as he schmoozed and smiled. He wore a white cable-knit sweater, a preppy look more associated with the yachts parked down the street than the mess of public servants wearing off-the-hanger, department-store suits. It was a rare bipartisan event, with Democrats and Republicans equally giddy and star-stuck. Snippets of conversations escaped from the bar to the hungry reporters outside.

Apparently even the Republicans were too transfixed by star power and tending to their drool buckets to call out Spacey and a sizable portion of his industry for being just a tad hypocritical. The authors of the WaPo article weren’t curious enough to ask anybody about that either.

**Written by Doug Powers

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