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Ryan Fought to Slash Hollywood Slush Fund Back in '07

Ryan Fought to Slash Hollywood Slush Fund Back in '07

Here’s a flashback that won’t endear new Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan to the Hollywood crowd.

Not that Ryan stood much of a chance with the group anyway.

In 2007, Ryan stated his opposition to a Centers for Disease Control program which helped Hollywood improve the level of health information featured on shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Sesame Street.”

The CDC was one of the founders of Hollywood Health & Society, a program of the Norman Lear Center at USC. The program gives entertainment industry professionals free consultations on their television programs and movies so that any health-related plots reflect “accurate and timely information….”

The CDC at that point was giving the Los Angeles-based program about $191,000 a year, according to published reports, and spent as much as $406,000 one prior year. But Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican who is now Mitt Romney‘s running mate, got the House of Representatives to agree by a voice vote to cut the program from the CDC’s 2008 budget. He described the outlay as “clearly an expense that should have been covered by the successful, for-profit television shows, not by our hard-earned tax dollars.”

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