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Sarah Palin: Queen of Paychecks

Now, I know you’ll be shocked by this. Gosh, I sure was. But it appears that the teabaggers’ darling, Sarah Palin, has somehow managed to find a way to make yet another personal profit. This time, it’s from a piece of Alaska state legislation that she personally created back before she quit as Governor.

There's a term in Washington for lawmakers or staff who create legislation that then enriches them in the private sector; it's called "feathering your nest." It appears TV's most prominent whiner found a way to pocket 1.2 million "feathers" through "The Alaska Film Incentive Program," which she signed into law in June of 2008.

Palin signed the bill to bring movie-making back to Alaska with an initial state-funded budget of $350,000. And what bait did Palin use to lure in the Hollywood big ones? For starters, film companies get a 30 percent transferable tax credit -- "transferrable" meaning cash goes directly to the recipient in exchange for a state voucher, issued by the same state. Film makers also get an additional 10 percent transferrable credit for hiring Alaska actors and support staff, and a 2 percent cash bonus for for filming during winter months and/or in rural areas.

So that's 42 percent of a show's $4 million-plus budget, paid directly back to the senior executive producer. Care to guess who the "Senior Executive Producer" of "Sarah Palin's Alaska" was?

"Sarah Palin's Alaska," the TLC reality show starring the former half-governor in her home state, is receiving more than $1.2 million in tax credits for filming in Alaska. That is, of course, in addition to the $1 million per episode Palin received through her contract with TLC (formerly known as "The Learning Channel" before it was determined that the audience that would watch a show like Palin's thought there were too many fancy, uppity syllables in that name), and the $14 million salary Fox News pays her to "contribute," and the $100,000 she charges per speaking engagement.

And if you're ever hoping to see the Quitmeister participate in a televised presidential debate, don't hold your breath. Palin's Fox salary gets suspended the moment she declares herself as an actual candidate. Besides, the real money's in people *wondering* if you'll run.

Oh, and in case you're wondering why such a culteral, educational and philosophical gold mine like Palin's show didn't get renewed for a second season, it just *MIGHT* have something to do with Palin demanding $60 million from TLC, six times her first season paycheck.

So, those of you who might actually think Sarah Palin will someday be president, rest assured it won't happen. Eight-figure gold-diggers like Palin would never accept the cut in pay.

Posted by Gary St. Lawrence at March 29, 2011 9:59 PM
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Alaska Gold Diggers, Alaska State Troopers, Wild Alaska, Alaska Air, Alaska Ice Road Truckers, Sarah Palin’s Alaska.

Filming is real popular in Alaska now, especially in the winter time.

I forgot the fish/crab shows.

Sarah’s political star is fading anyway. Michele is beginning to replace her as the Queen of Tea. She is going to announce her candidacy in Concord, New Hampshire where the Revolution began.

Posted by: jlw at March 30, 2011 2:00 AM
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Concord, NH? I thought it was Lexington, NH.

Maybe we can barter with a national historian and pay him with a chicken to find out for us.

Posted by: Gary St. Lawrence at March 30, 2011 2:43 AM
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Or maybe they will team up on a Bachmann/Palin ticket or a Palin/Bachmann ticket,jlw.

Posted by: j2t2 at March 30, 2011 9:31 PM
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Saw Bill O’ interview The Donald this pm. Before the interview I wouldn’t have given Trump a snow balls chance. Afterwards, I can see where he will appeal to a good number of Independents. He comes across with a centrist/populist position, talks from the heart, is politically incorrect. He may blow up on the 2nd part of the interview, tomorrow evening.

My first thought was that it would be unfortunate for a fair haired pretty boy to become President. He would achieve nothing but status quo with the duopoly/corpocracy. But, in lieu of what we have seen from the duopoly/corpocracy over the last few decades maybe a Donald is the best thing we could hope for.

He seems like a Nader with money. And, to think, just yesterday I was bemoaning that, again, there would be no candidate I would vote for- - -

Posted by: Roy Ellis at March 30, 2011 10:46 PM
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I think the bigger atroscity is that they spent $3= million to produce that piece of crap show!

Posted by: Mark at March 31, 2011 3:57 PM
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The Donald’s embracement of the birther issue dooms him in my opinion. O’Reilly all but laughed out loud at The Donald’s assertion of serious concern about the issue. He implicitly accused The Donald of rank political exploitation when he said that he didn’t believe that The Donald actually believed that the issue had any substance.

Posted by: Rich at April 1, 2011 8:51 AM
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Yes but, Rich. I agree with O’Rilley that Donald is a ‘force’ to be reckoned with. He could ‘force’ candidates to emote on issues such as immigration, cutting the budget, China trade war, etc. I recall in the 08 campaign the immigration issue never came up in the debates between candidates until after the primaries were decided. How could that be possible, but it was?

Trump could force debate on such issues as:

Bureau of Indian Affairs
Farm subsidies
Natural gas
Corporate tax code
Corporate Personhood
Corporate welfare
Foreign aid
Saudi payments for non-war coalition

and hundreds more such issues. I suggest Glenn Beck moderate at least one debate.

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