By Henry Decker

Alaska Paid $354,348 Tax Subsidy For Bristol Palin’s Reality Show

December 13, 2012 3:51 pm Category: Memo Pad 25 Comments A+ / A-
Alaska Paid $354,348 Tax Subsidy For Bristol Palin’s Reality Show

According to a report in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Bristol Palin’s failed reality show — Bristol Palin: Life’s A Tripp — received a $354,348 tax subsidy to film in Alaska.

The show — which documented Palin’s move back to Alaska and her various adventures in awful parenting — aired on TLC for 14 episodes. After suffering from poor ratings and being slammed by various critics as “inept,” “just plain sad,” “dull,” and “depressing,” it was pulled from its original time slot after just two episodes.

The Alaska Film Office was apparently so eager to be home to those 14 episodes that it gave Helping Hands LLC a $354,348 subsidy to produce the show in the state where Palin’s mother once served as governor. Generally, subsidies of this type are handed out in an effort to lure shows and movies (and the revenue that comes with them) to move to the state — but that wasn’t a consideration with Life’s A Tripp, which could not have been filmed anywhere else given its subject matter.

Making matters worse, Palin’s show provided very little economic benefit to the state. As the News-Miner reports, of the show’s $995,275 total “Alaska expenses,” nearly $500,000 went to the stars of the show, and an additional $222,507 went to non-Alaskans. Furthermore, no Alaskans were hired as crew for the show.

With all this in mind, it appears that Bristol Palin has officially joined her mother as a beneficiary of wasteful government spending.

If the Alaska Film Office happens to have another $350,000 to burn, there may be another Palin reality TV show on the way; on the same day that the news about Life’s A Tripp‘s government subsidy broke, Track Palin announced that he and his wife are divorcing after 18 months of marriage. If he chooses to follow his mother and sister into the family business, it shouldn’t take long for the sordid details to surface on TLC.

H/T Alyssa Rosenberg, ThinkProgress

Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

Alaska Paid $354,348 Tax Subsidy For Bristol Palin’s Reality Show Reviewed by on . According to a report in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Bristol Palin's failed reality show -- Bristol Palin: Life's A Tripp -- received a $354,348 tax subsidy According to a report in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Bristol Palin's failed reality show -- Bristol Palin: Life's A Tripp -- received a $354,348 tax subsidy Rating:

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  • Not_Phyllis

    Why am I not surprised…

  • Kansan

    From the Fairbanks News-Miner

    The Alaska subsidy is paid in the form of a transferable tax credit, but since the limited liability companies that make films don’t pay a state tax, they sell the tax credits to other companies.

    (Reporter Dermot Cole) refer(red) to it as a subsidy because that is what it is. Calling it a “tax credit” is a misnomer since the recipients pay no taxes. The subsidy is equivalent to a cash payment from the general fund.

  • amazonfan

    I guess she’s a taker then.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Janet-Ramos/999931024 Janet Ramos

    LOSER, just like Mommy

  • Melvin Chatman

    “A Family the Steals Together” has a certain STINCH to it!
    Better have a Sinus Check this Month, their so irritated after reading this article -“Palins In Prison” smells better!
    Somebody get me some Tissue!

  • howa4x

    She got on dancing with the stars because of her mother’s fame. She is learning from a master(Sara)on how to be in politics and then turn it into a money making career. Maybe Fox will pick up some episodes. Alaska could have put that money into immunizing children but that would just be plain old family values. Something republicans only talk about to get votes from gullible people.

  • Landsende

    The greedy Palins have all had their 15 minutes of fame. Now it’s time for them to fade away and avoid more embarrassment to themselves.

    • jarheadgene

      W O W !!!!!!! Imagine that, Republicans that WASTE government funding……HYPOCRITES !!!

  • adriancrutch

    I laugh when I watched parents tell their kids they can (sing) and then watched as they made fools of themselves on the american idol tour. The (learning) channel used to be educational but I haven’t had cable for years. IT’S JUST OUR TAX MONEY GOING TO THE LARGEST STATE which doesn’t give back much to the system. So it goes!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LLEFUAHLJ67E3SS72WFUSQSDHM Lilly

    Wow! The picture shows a failed plastic surgery. I feel for the poor girl.

  • Sand_Cat

    Just another Republican Red-state freeloader.
    She needs to get a job and probably a bath instead of being a “taker.”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DEGWQYO7OGZ3ZPI5Q5GLOOWIDQ Chazz Reinhold

    like mother like daughter

  • onedonewong

    And barak and michelle received a $100M subsidy from the taxpayers for their vacations last year

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZJ5BBSQIGTUMERPZFALES6HQNY Bill

      What I like about you stupid rightwingers is that you can’t spell the president’s name correctly. Barak is Where did you get that alternate reality fact about the president and his wife, Fox not-real-News. You like to make statements but don’t back them up with any provable facts.

      • onedonewong

        Barry Soetoro is just too long to spell. That’s the name on his Indonesian passport

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZJ5BBSQIGTUMERPZFALES6HQNY Bill

          Well his name on his desk at work (that would be the White House) is Barrack Obama. So if his name was Barry why are you writing Barak, that is a bit inconsistent, but that again is typical for you.

          • onedonewong

            I was at the WH in Sept and he doesn’t have a name plate on his desk..do you think he needs one??

  • http://www.facebook.com/nancy.lyttle.7 Nancy Lyttle

    The Palins give new meaning to the word “shyster”.

  • nobsartist

    more welfare for millionaires.

  • progressiveandproud

    My God, do these people have any sense of shame, ethics, integrity? Why can’t they crawl back into whatever living arrangement they had prior to politics and stay there?

  • http://www.facebook.com/julia.margrave Julia Margrave

    just knowing they are in Alaska makes me never want to get there

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Jones/827014412 Daniel Jones

    Awful reality shows are as close as Palins come to actual, you know, reality.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B2W2UGW74AJ3MMHAMU5EU4NXAQ AlexF

    Its the money stupid.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B2W2UGW74AJ3MMHAMU5EU4NXAQ AlexF

    Well we finally found McCain’s fans who really think he is their hero.
    Boy what he did to our Country giving us the Palins. Thanks to his Dad
    saving him from POW camp in North Vietnam. The real Hero’s did not come back.

  • Pat

    1/2 term Gov. Quitter is so smart that she made sure right before the whole family went Hollywood that she enacted this tax subsidy into law so they could personally benefit from it in socialist checks paid by Alaskans whether they like it or not. But thin-skinned Sarah was stupid enough to lie that she quit because of ethics complaints. She sure hasn’t fooled ANYONE (except her cult worshipers).

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