June 17th, 2009
10:23 PM ET
The people of Utah, that reddest of red states, owe a lot to a guy with liberal politics, Robert Redford. The Sundance Film Festival, which Redford founded, contributed more than $92 million to the state's economy this past January, according to a new study announced by the Sundance Institute.
The Institute says the figures were compiled by the University of Utah using an "economic impact model" developed by the Commerce Department.
According to the study, festival-goers spent almost $35 million on hotel rooms and almost $15 million on meals during the 10 day event. They also spent $4 million on "discretionary items". I'm guessing that was mostly lattes. Or maybe festival t-shirts. Those were kind of pricey.
It's ironic that a man with such left-leaning sentiments has contributed so much to the welfare of the overwhelmingly-Republican state. If economic activity generated equaled political clout, Redford might be governor.
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