Obama, Big Bird and the economy


After Obama got thrashed during last week’s debate, they have decided to regroup and refocus their campaign. On Big Bird.

CNN had this to say about making a big election about small things:

Removing federal funding from a corporation that will do just fine in the private market doesn’t equal “Killing Big Bird” – it just means pushing him from the nest and letting him find his wings.

And, in case you are wondering, Sesame Workshop, which reported revenue of $130,606,413, in 2009, says 35 percent comes from “corporate, foundation and government support.” The latter includes the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Department of Education, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Gary Knell, chief operating officer of Sesame Workshop from 2000–2011, made a salary of $$956,513. He is now the president and CEO of National Public Radio.

Direct government grants amounted to $7,968,918. Its Form 990 reported lobbying expenses of $1 million a year, in order to keep the federal dollars flowing. Lobbying is carried out by Tracy Garrett, Director of Government Affairs at Sesame Workshop.

The actor that plays Big Bird? He makes over $300 grand a year.


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