Reality TV shows cost taxpayers millions

Cities are paying reality TV show producers to film episodes within their boundaries, saying that it is good for the economy.

For example, the producers of The Bachelor will get up to $100,000 from taxpayers for filming an episode in Santa Fe.

Drew Johnson, with our corporate investigative media partner The Washington Times, said "the argument is that by getting these productions in these cities and states that it increases tourism and generates jobs and even provides economic development. But really it's not paying off."

And tax watchdogs like Robert Tannenwald, formerly with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, says this type of effort is "wasteful and unfair" to economic development.

This is this week's Golden Hammer story, a weekly story with investigative news partner The Washington Times that shines a spotlight on possible government waste and abuse of tax dollars.

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