Even though those two programs are set in DC, they film in Baltimore because it has been a few years since DC has attempted to be competitive in reeling in movies and TV shows. The city's Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, which oversees the incentive program, likes to boast about the number of productions that do still come here, but many of those visits occur simply to collect establishing shots of the DC skyline instead of meaty, script-driven scenes. As reported in the February 2012 issue of Washingtonian, the producers of House of Cards asked DC for $3.5 million to pay for expenses such as hiring city residents to work on the show and to put up visiting cast and crew members at local hotels. In exchange, the show would have spent $9 million here. But the film office did not have $3.5 million to give, so for Netflix subscribers binge-watching their way through House of Cards, outside of a few skyline shots, the role of Washington is portrayed by Baltimore. Even though Crystal Palmer, the film office's director, has told the DC Council that the city is at a disadvantage, DC's film incentive program has been unfunded since the 2011 fiscal year. And it is not scheduled to be replenished in the 2014 fiscal calendar, which begins Oct. 1. Finding new money for the incentive program is something of a pet project for DC Council member Vincent Orange, whose campaigns have received many contributions from a few shadowy Hollywood figures. Late last year, Orange introduced legislation that would have restored film incentive funding by skimming a one percent tax off DC government construction grants. The bill was unsurprisingly dismissed by real estate executives and by Victor Hoskins, the deputy mayor for planning and economic development. The money spent on How Do You Know was authorized by Kathy Hollinger, who ran the film office under then-Mayor Adrian Fenty, who fired Palmer when he came into office. (Her first run started in the mid-1980s.) Hollinger, who is now the president of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, was unavailable for comment. Her name, however, does appear under a "Special Thanks" header in the credits on How Do You Know. While the outlook for bringing serious film production back into DC is as dismal as ever, Orange is still pursuing the issue. His chief of staff, James Brown, tells Washingtonian that Orange's colleagues on the Council have not heard the last of his desire to rebuild what appears to have been an irresponsibly managed incentive program.