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Celebrities Received Federal Funds

November 16, 2011

Wealthy celebrities including Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi have received federal subsidies, according to "Subsidies of the Rich and Famous," a new report from the office of Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn, reports the Daily Caller.

  • The Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified several individuals receiving farm payments "whose professions had nothing to do with farming or agricultur[e]," says the report.
  • These individuals include real estate developer Maurice Wilder, a "part-owner of a professional sports franchise [who] received total of more than $200,000 in farm program payments in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006."
  • The report says millionaires Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen have collected farm subsidies, noting that Bon Jovi paid property taxes of just $100 last year on his real estate holdings in New Jersey that he uses to raise bees.
  • Springsteen also received farm subsidies "because he leases his property to an organic farmer," the report explains.

Source: Nicholas Ballasy, "Coburn Report: Bon Jovi, Springsteen, Quincy Jones, Ted Turner Received Federal Funds," Daily Caller, November 14, 2011.  U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, "Subsidies of the Rich and Famous," U.S. Senate, November 2011.

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