Carten Cordell and Kathryn Watson on How Steven Spielberg's Lincoln Benefited from Crony Capitalism


As far as flashy movie productions go, Steven Spielberg's new film Lincoln may have it all—an award-winning cast, big-name director, and the historic locations in Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia to showcase the sprawling tale.

But as Carten Cordell and Kathryn Watson report, like a starstruck paramour, Virginia has lavished countless gifts to win the heart of the big-studio production, offering sweet tax deals and sexy film grants to guarantee the state gets a piece of the fairest industry of them all, Hollywood.