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Why Does the Grammy Foundation Need Taxpayer Money
http://www.house.gov/apps/list/press/az06_flake/022403_Grammy.html ^

Posted on 02/24/2003 5:22:36 PM PST by repub32

Congressman Flake Sings the Blues About $800,000 in Omnibus for the Grammy Foundation Why Does the Grammy Foundation Need Taxpayer Money?

Washington, DC – Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents the state’s Sixth District, today was left scratching his head upon finding out the Grammy Foundation, a non-profit arm of the Recording Academy, received $800,000 in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for 2003, which was recently signed into law.

“The mission of the Grammy Foundation is certainly noble,” said Flake, “but why is an organization affiliated with thousands of multi-millionaire musicians and record executives receiving taxpayer money?”

“Norah Jones won a handful of awards last night for a song called “Don’t Know Why.” I think that could probably describe a lot of taxpayers trying to figure out why their tax dollars are going to the Grammy Foundation.”


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this is outrages
1 posted on 02/24/2003 5:22:36 PM PST by repub32
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To: repub32
outrages, series, and hugh, all in one...
2 posted on 02/24/2003 5:24:46 PM PST by KansasCanadian
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To: KansasCanadian
an outrage that is
3 posted on 02/24/2003 5:30:06 PM PST by repub32
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To: repub32
bump
4 posted on 02/24/2003 5:39:44 PM PST by malia
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To: repub32
We should ask all movie goers why this money is justified. Hollywood makes BILLIONS from the public year after year.
5 posted on 02/24/2003 5:44:51 PM PST by Wolverine
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To: repub32
What? ....... A bunch of ..... those ...... uuuuh ..... little people ..... want the artistic elite to pay for their own back-slapping? Pht .... pht ... How gauche.
6 posted on 02/24/2003 5:52:03 PM PST by fella
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To: repub32
Yes, it's outrageous. However, it's even more outrageous that Flake learned of it only AFTER he voted for the bill. Why don't those jerks on the Potomac read the bills BEFORE they vote?
7 posted on 02/24/2003 6:10:26 PM PST by JoeFromSidney
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To: JoeFromSidney
Because then they'd have no excuse for not voting against it. It's all about CYA...
8 posted on 02/24/2003 6:13:21 PM PST by dcwusmc ("The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself.")
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To: repub32
What is an outrage on top of this is the 'goody bags' the celebs get for presenting awards etc. Some worth 10-50K!!!!! What a crock the whole thing is!
9 posted on 02/24/2003 6:16:46 PM PST by BossLady (ChIRAQ & Saddam sitting in a tree.....K.I.S.S.I.N.G...)
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To: repub32
The obvious answer is that liberals support all kinds of causes, as long as they can use other people's money. Liberals are cheap bas#*%&$!
10 posted on 02/24/2003 6:19:25 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: repub32
This is about as bad as I have ever heard....

11 posted on 02/24/2003 6:33:47 PM PST by TheBattman
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To: KansasCanadian
If they keep doing this, there going to loose their since of erection.
12 posted on 02/24/2003 6:45:18 PM PST by Old Professer
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To: BossLady
"What a crock the whole thing is!"

We elect these idiots every two years. They pork barrel our money and let the judiciary make law. Outrageous!

13 posted on 02/24/2003 6:51:48 PM PST by groanup
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To: groanup
Maybe I should have said, "What a barrel the whole thing is". :o
14 posted on 02/24/2003 6:57:41 PM PST by BossLady (ChIRAQ & Saddam sitting in a tree.....K.I.S.S.I.N.G...)
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To: BossLady
Crock, barrel whatever. The difference is about 1/2 a cubit.
15 posted on 02/24/2003 7:09:24 PM PST by groanup
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To: repub32
Does this make everyone at the grammies government employees? If so I think everyone who works for, presents, and receives grammies should be drug tested.
16 posted on 02/24/2003 7:25:38 PM PST by ScottLA37
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To: repub32
I never realized (though I should have)that they recieved tax payer money. Then again, a bunch of rich liberals, wanting tax payer money, why am I not in shock.
17 posted on 02/24/2003 9:46:39 PM PST by Sonny M (If you want to get rid of more wellstones, just loosen the bolts, not that I did that or anything.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
You got that right. What did Gore give to charity that one year? $386 or so? Got to hand it to you, Al. You really know how to waste others' money while keeping yours in your tight, little, selfish palm. Sure am glad that "President Gore" is only a fantasy phrase.
18 posted on 02/24/2003 9:53:02 PM PST by DennisR
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To: JoeFromSidney
Because they are afraid that others will not allow them to bring home the bacon to their own state. So it becomes a big orgy of self-interest that will destroy this country. The founding fathers had at least one major blind spot--that government would continue to grow and grown and grown. They should have added into the Constitution that governments at all levels (federal, state, country, city) could never collect taxes that amount to more than 10% of the average citizen's income. That is the only way that government can be controlled--cut off its purse strings.
19 posted on 02/24/2003 9:59:10 PM PST by DennisR
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To: JoeFromSidney
Which Sidney? Australia? Nebraska? Montana?
20 posted on 02/24/2003 10:00:05 PM PST by DennisR
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To: Sonny M
Non-profit foundations need to be careful when it comes to making political statements or else they can lose their non-profit status.
21 posted on 02/25/2003 12:31:58 AM PST by weegee
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To: repub32
Let me throw this out- 800G means that the government has a stake in the grammys, and the 800G can be taken away if the folks running it don't behave. Sort of like highway funds tied to education programs.

Listen to all the rumors going around that the committee asked all the performers not to use their stage time as an anti-war protest. The guys running the show maybe wanted to keep getting the 800,000 bucks?

Money can be a leash as well as a tool and how much is it worth to prevent Bono and Crow from using the airtime for their own purposes? Of course Clinton had the same leash, as did Bush I.

$800,000 is less than one Superbowl ad spot.
22 posted on 02/25/2003 7:44:44 PM PST by DBrow
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