A major film industry group paid for the construction of swanky home theaters in embassies around the world while lobbying the State Department in its favor.
The Motion Picture Association of America, which represents top Hollywood studios, funded screening rooms in four U.S. embassies, including the facility in Madrid, according to ProPublica.
"Hollywood's interests — including its push for tougher copyright rules in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact — often put the industry at odds with Silicon Valley," ProPublica noted.
The report said MPAA had intended the new screening rooms to "help ambassadors and their foreign guests 'keep U.S. cultural interests top of mind,' according to an internal email."
MPAA spent $1.34 million on its lobbying efforts in 2014, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The State Department was a recipient of those efforts, which involved issues like piracy.
MPAA also lobbied Congress against a House bill that would have prevented taxpayer dollars from being spent on the production of movies or TV shows, lobbying disclosure forms show.
A State Department spokesperson told the group embassies in London, Paris and Rome netted up to $50,000 from the film industry organization to refurbish theaters at the facilities.