Big Bird has found a new advocate in a place far from Sesame Street: Las Vegas.
Casino mogul Steve Wynn promised today to protect the Public Broadcasting Service in a statement in which he supported both PBS programming and one of its sworn enemies, Republican Mitt Romney.
“If President Obama and the Democrats will stop overspending and stop reducing the value of the paychecks of my employees, Wynn Resorts will guarantee to protect Sesame Street for the country,” Wynn wrote. “I am sure other private businessmen will protect the value of the great programs on PBS because we support what Governor Romney stands for.”
The short statement suggests Wynn and his peers might foot the $445 million yearly federal subsidy for public broadcasting should Romney make good on his promise to slash PBS’s federal aid as president.
Wynn, chairman and chief executive officer of Wynn Resorts, made almost $16.5 million in 2011 and holds $1.12 billion in company shares. He hasn’t donated to Romney’s 2012 campaign, according to Federal Election Commission records, but his mini manifesto might count for something.