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Don't tell Mitt! The actor who brought Big Bird to life makes $314,000 a year
The London Daily Mail ^ | October 11, 2012

Posted on 10/11/2012 12:47:43 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

It looks like Mitt Romney was on to something when he promised to fire Big Bird during his first presidential debate: Big Bird makes big bucks!

Tax returns from PBS's Sesame Workshop show that the television show shelled out at least $314,072 for the actor behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.

That makes Caroll Spinney, who has played everyone's favorite yellow-feathered friend since 1969, a true blue member of the One Percent.

But Mr Spinney isn't even the highest paid member of the puppetry staff. Jospeh Mazzarino, who plays Murray, Stinky the Stinkweed, the Two-Headed Monster, Papa Bear and directs some episodes, makes a cool half a million.

The other characters make around on average between $300,000 and $450,000 per year in salary.

The Sesame salary scandal broke when Mitt Romney pledged to cut funding to PBS.

'I'm going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I'm going to stop other things. I like PBS, I love Big Bird,' the candidate said.

'But I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.'

The comment quickly went viral, with thousands sharing their dismay that the Republican would axe their childhood pal...

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues
KEYWORDS: 2012; bigbird; debate; debates; deficits; obama; romney; sesamestreet
If you're terrified that Mitt Romney is going to cancel Sesame Street you should be found mentally incompetent and not allowed to vote.
1 posted on 10/11/2012 12:47:50 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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2 posted on 10/11/2012 1:11:23 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There are actors on General Hospital that have to scrap by with $70k a year, and this Big Bird character pulls in this much? Something is not right here.


3 posted on 10/11/2012 1:14:25 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

I have to scrape by on $550 a month. Tell me about it.


4 posted on 10/11/2012 1:16:06 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Windflier

5 posted on 10/11/2012 1:35:16 AM PDT by goron (45% in Alabama think President Obama is a Muslim.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mitt picked the perfect example because it is really rather obscure funding.

Can't stand Big Bird. Barney is gross. Also dislike Cat in the Hat etc.

When my kids were little we had real people like Miss Rita and Mr. Rogers.

Pretend characters were part of the "fiction" world.

6 posted on 10/11/2012 1:49:58 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (r)
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Job Ad: Needed. One individual willing to wear a stupid bird outfit for four hours a day, and read a script written for three-year old kids. You must act dorky, flap your feathers occasionally, and show up promptly at nine each morning for taping. Taping will end promptly at three in the afternoon...no overtime. Payscale? Minimum of $5k a week. No cursing or drinking allowed on the set.


7 posted on 10/11/2012 1:54:28 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Thanksgiving ought not be without a Big Bird special, in the spirit of Mr. Carlson.

"As God as my witness I thought Big Bird could fly."

8 posted on 10/11/2012 1:59:48 AM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: pepsionice

Big bird could afford a pretty spiffy nest making that kind of money.


9 posted on 10/11/2012 2:03:30 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Ezekiel

If you’re going to walk into my office, the least you could do is come through the imagery door. Rather than step across the tape on the floor which symbolize my walls.


10 posted on 10/11/2012 2:13:03 AM PDT by Portcall24
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Maybe not Mitt- or Ryan, but somebody ought to be hammering this into the ground & breaking it off. And shouldn’t there be a list of contributions (& contributors) somewhere, it being “public” broadcasting & all?


11 posted on 10/11/2012 2:39:09 AM PDT by KGeorge
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Here he is with his two main SS characters. Born in 1933. I don't begrudge his wages but like most here on FR only wish tax money didn't pay a small portion of it. The US govt has enough to do as it is.


12 posted on 10/11/2012 2:59:47 AM PDT by xp38
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To: KGeorge

Does anyone know just how much money SS takes in from all of its merchandising? And does SS pay anything to PBS to have its program aired?

There’s also the issue of Bill Moyers and his many programs. I believe I read a couple of years ago that Moyers makes millions on his books, CD/DVD’s of his programs but doesn’t pay PBS anything to have them aired. It’s like free promotion/advertising for his products.


13 posted on 10/11/2012 3:21:41 AM PDT by unbiasedtruth
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To: unbiasedtruth

I found one article from “Education News” that found Sesame Street earned $134 Million in 2010.

I still haven’t found any information on whether Sesame Street has to pay any fee to PBS to have its program aired.


14 posted on 10/11/2012 3:29:43 AM PDT by unbiasedtruth
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Today Sezme Street is brought to us by the letter “U” as in “U gonna pay Up!” and the letter “P” as in “Pony” since you’ve paid for one but can’t have it.

Big Burd thanks “U”!


15 posted on 10/11/2012 3:38:12 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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Those kind of numbers are even too high for Count Von Count to comprehend.
16 posted on 10/11/2012 3:44:23 AM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: xp38

IIRC, the guy who does little Elmo is a 6’ +, 300lb black guy


17 posted on 10/11/2012 4:01:03 AM PDT by digger48
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To: unbiasedtruth

That’s a good question (re both Sesame Street & Bill Moyers), unbiased truth, & I’ve never seen it asked or addressed.
I’ll snoop around & I’ll bet other FRiends will, too- maybe we’ll come up with some answers/ information to share.

It makes me wonder about others showcased by PBS/ NPR. I actually have one of Rick Steve’s books (Europe Through The Back Door).


18 posted on 10/11/2012 4:02:13 AM PDT by KGeorge
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wanna grow to be big bird!


19 posted on 10/11/2012 4:09:47 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I agree with Homer Simpson when he said, “the rich mosaic of cable programming has made public television so very, very unnecessary.”


20 posted on 10/11/2012 4:29:05 AM PDT by Oratam
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Interesting info out there for anyone who is interested (No. I can’t believe we’re talking about Big Bird instead of actual hell-in-a-handbasket crises in the *real world*, either. But here we are & we are dealing with overgrown children, after all).

excerpt from Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Annual Report. Note that they receive their govt funding from the Dept of Education (I didn’t know this)
The financials look, to me, to be stale (09/ 2010) & vague, but maybe that’s how they’re done. (wish I could highlight parts of this)

http://www.cpb.org/annualreports/2010/images/downloads/financials2010.pdf

“Receivables
The Corporation’s receivables consist primarily of returned grants, accrued interest and receivables from the U.S. Department of Education. The specific identification method is used to determine the uncollectible amounts. The Corporation records an allowance for doubtful accounts on its outstanding receivables based on specific identification of uncollectible accounts. Allowance for doubtful accounts as of September 30, 2010 and 2009 was $76,276.

Organization
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (the Corporation) is a District of Columbia not-for-profit corporation authorized to receive federal appropriations under Title II of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, as amended. The Corporation is recognized as exempt from income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, except on activities unrelated to its exempt purpose. In addition, the Corporation is an organization that is not a private foundation as defined in Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The primary source of funding to the Corporation is the federal government. Congress has approved future annual funding to the Corporation through fiscal year 2012. Annual funding for 2012 and 2011 amounts to $445,000,000 and $430,000,000, respectively.

Basis of Combination
The combined financial statements are presented on an accrual basis and include the accounts of Literary Classics, Inc., a District of Columbia not-for-profit corporation exempt from income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, which was created in fiscal year 2003 to act as the custodian for certain classic films valuable to the public broadcasting industry. Combined financial statements are presented because of the common control of the Corporation and Literary Classics, Inc. All intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in the combination.

Basis of Presentation
The revenues, expenses, gains and losses and net assets of the Corporation are classified based on the existence or absence of donor-imposed restrictions. Accordingly, the net assets of the Corporation and changes therein are classified and reported as follows:
Unrestricted Net Assets—Net assets that are not subject to any donor-imposed stipulations. Unre- stricted designated net assets represent Board-approved funds for specific purposes.
Temporarily Restricted Net Assets—Net assets subject to donor-imposed stipulations on the use of the assets that may be met either by the Corporation’s actions and/or the passage of time. There were no temporarily restricted net assets at September 30, 2010 and 2009.
Permanently Restricted Net Assets—Net assets subject to donor-imposed stipulations that the principal be maintained permanently by the Corporation but permit the use of the investment earnings for general or specific purposes. There were no permanently restricted net assets at September 30, 2010 and 2009.”

Here is Breitbart’s piece on it

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/10/04/Big-Bird-Richer-Than-Romney

http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Sesame_Street
some information regarding SS’s “extensive merchandising”, but it avoids the financial aspect.

It’s probably not inconceivable that CPB funding is similar to stuff like Solyndra, where some of the money goes back into the politician’s pockets/ campaigns.


21 posted on 10/11/2012 4:52:06 AM PDT by KGeorge
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22 posted on 10/11/2012 5:23:54 AM PDT by baddog 219
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You know, I have no problem with Spinney demanding this much for his work after doing it for, what, 40 years. PBS *paying* him that much is a different matter, of course. (I won’t comment on the others because I don’t know anything about their resumes.)

I guess the man knows how to market himself.


23 posted on 10/11/2012 6:31:04 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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24 posted on 10/11/2012 12:08:17 PM PDT by goron ("Folks, I can tell you I've known eight presidents, three of them intimately." --Joe Biden, 8/22/12)
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Big Bird needs to protect his nest egg in the Canary Islands.


25 posted on 10/11/2012 5:26:25 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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