Matthew Continetti | Tax deal is a victory for Hollywood cronyism

My least favorite political cliché—that liberal donors don’t ask for anything in return for campaign contributions—was exposed as laughably false by the Kick the Can Down the Road Act of 2012, also known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act, or the “fiscal cliff deal.”

Consider what the bill revealed about Hollywood’s relationship with the Democrats who run the Senate and live in the White House. It is a relationship fraught with denial, in which the gooiest rhetoric obscures the most self-interested acts. For example on May 11, 2012, filmmaker and actor Rob “Meathead” Reiner appeared on “Hardball with Chris Matthews”. The previous day Reiner had attended one of several Hollywood fundraisers at which President Barack Obama raised a total of $15 million. Wasn’t it “interesting,” Matthews said, that when individuals on “the Republican” side “invest in a Republican candidate, they’re investing in their businesses.”


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