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Tax credit-seeking Hollywood celebs join Bernie Sanders’ campaign for a more progressive America

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By Doug Powers  •  September 18, 2015 09:56 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

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California and many other states compete for Hollywood movie-making dollars by offering huge tax incentives, which are only made possible by progressive Hollywood’s willingness to accept the deals instead of “paying their fair share.”

That said, Bernie Sanders’ campaign now has some official Tinseltown support:

Will Ferrell, Sarah Silverman, Danny DeVito, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Piven are among the artists and musicians endorsing the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Sanders’ campaign released a list of 128 names lined up for his candidacy, a move that has traditionally been a way to convey a sense of momentum. The campaign said that the list “includes 128 critically acclaimed men and women who want to see a more progressive America and are willing to work towards it.” They also include names like Bonnie Raitt, David Crosby, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Jackson Browne and Margaret Cho.
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In a statement released by the Sanders campaign, writer-director Adam McKay said, “As artists and citizens, we believe it is time for government to once again represent the people and not just big money. Bernie Sanders is the only candidate speaking against the wide spread legalized corruption that has handed our government to billionaires, large corporations and banks.”

As usual, these hypocrites don’t think “big business” pays enough, unless that business is where they make their bones:

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Yep, Ferrell and McKay, true to their progressive natures, shunned larger corporations and only lobbied to get tax breaks for much smaller “mom & pop” operations they’ve worked for, such as… Paramount Pictures:

Paramount’s Will Ferrell comedy “Daddy’s Home,” New Line’s “Mean Moms” and CBS Films’ D.B. Cooper tale “Skyjack” are on board to receive allocations from the California Film Tax Credit program.
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Etan Cohen is directing “Daddy’s Home” with Ferrell and Adam McKay producing for Gary Sanchez Prods., along with Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane for Good Universe.
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California’s existing tax incentive program, which originally passed in 2009, provides credits up to $100 million per year. Critics complain that the amount is far short of demand and precludes California from competing with other states.

I assume liberal celebs are pulling for Sanders’ style of socialism because he’s going to eliminate the tax credit programs for billion-dollar entertainment corporations? That story line would be too unbelievable even for Hollywood.

**Written by Doug Powers

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