After several unreturned calls to David Worrell of the Alaska Film Office of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, I reached David Worrell. He knows who I am due to the calls previously made regarding Sarah Palin’s Alaska and the tax credit issued to Jean Worldwide as a result thereof. The film office web site provides certain public information which is broken down into two categories: Qualified Projects, and Approved Tax Credits. “Helping Hands Productions” is listed under “Qualified Projects “ and is identified as “active” . We know that this is Bristol’s new reality show that made its debut on June 19th. Thus the impression is that this project is complete, but there is no reference to Helping Hands receiving any “tax credit.”David Worrell confirmed that the absence of Helping Hands in the list of Approved Tax Credits is not an indication that the show was refused. In fact it is still “active.” Mr. Worrell explained that the expenses must be approved by a Certified Public Accountant before a tax credit would be issued. Mr. Worrell was unwilling to share details about this project other than it was “active.” He did confirm that he was aware that some of the expenses for filming this show related to filming in Los Angeles, and that only those expenses associated with filming in Alaska would be approved.
A significant portion of the application of Helping Hands has been redacted. Mr. Worrell confirmed that the Attorney General’s office of Alaska was responsible for determining what portions would be redacted. That would be the same office that denied the Ethics Claim filed against Sarah Palin.