GOP Senate Candidate Linda McMahon Attacks Corporate Welfare, After Accepting Millions

| by Michael Allen

Linda McMahon, a Connecticut Republican who is running for a U.S. senate seat, says the federal government should "end reckless Washington spending" on her political web site.

She has also called for “an end to corporate welfare,” even though her family's company, World Wrestling Entertainment, accepted government money while laying off workers. McMahon calls herself a "proven job creator" on her Twitter page.

The Connecticut Post reports:

The Stamford-based WWE empire received about $37 million in state tax credits for staging and recording its wrestling spectacles dating back to July of 2009, state officials reported Friday.

The state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), in response to a request by Hearst Connecticut Newspapers, indicated that the WWE has received 20 separate tax credits totaling $36.7 million.

Three of the 20 credits, awarded as part of state legislation aimed at fostering film, TV and digital production in the state, totaled more than $5 million each in 2010, 2011 and 2012, according to a summary released under the state's Freedom of Information Act.