There have been plenty of scandals regarding tax credits for the film industry in recent years (see, for example, Iowa). A new one has just arisen, this time in California.
The Los Angeles Times reported back on Halloween that State Senator Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) has been accused of bribery in relation to California’s film credits:
The [state] Capitol was roiling over comments attributed to Calderon in a report by the Al Jazeera cable network, based on what it identified as a sealed FBI affidavit, that he had enlisted other lawmakers to help him influence policy. In exchange, the affidavit alleges, the senator accepted $88,000.
State Senator Calderon has not been charged. Meanwhile, the FBI is investigating the leak of the affidavit to Al Jazeera.