Sarah Palin's show receives filmmaking subsidy she created 

There's a term in Washington for lawmakers or staff who create legislation that then enriches them in the private sector -- feathering your nest. It appears this goes on in Alaska, too.

Let's begin back in June 2008, with this item from the Anchorage Daily News:

Governor signs bill to bring movie-making back to Alaska. Gov. Sarah Palin rejuvenated the Alaska Film Office, shuttered since the 1990s, when she signed a law creating the Alaska Film Incentive Program with a budget of $350,000....

What are the carrots to bring Hollywood to Alaska? Thirty percent transferable tax credit, an additional 10 percent for Alaska hires and a 2 percent bonus for winter and rural spending.

Fast forward to this year, and check this article from the ADN:

"Sarah Palin's Alaska," the TLC reality show starring the former governor in her home state, will receive about $1.2 million in tax credits for filming in Alaska, the state says.

Mark Robyn at the Tax Foundation asks "how government subsidies for reality TV fit into Palin's broader view on the proper role of government." I'd bet, like many politicians, Palin's views on the proper role of government becomes more flexible as it comes closer to her own interests.

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