In the show's well-received first season, Underwood occupies the seat of whip for the House of Representatives, but on March 21, Spacey was whipping votes all by himself, according to The Washington Post.
"House of Cards" filmed its first two seasons in Maryland, and had planned to begin filming the third this spring, explained the news source. However, the show's makers have announced that filming will be put off until at least June, pending a decision regarding the state's film tax credits. The filmmakers want adding to the estimated $26.6 million the show has already received. So far, only $4 million have been promised. ,
According to ABC News, the makers of the show wrote a letter to lawmakers, threatening to take their business elsewhere if enough money isn't found. A number of Maryland politicians are understanding of the demands, considering the positive influence the film industry has on the state.
"It is absolutely essential for us to keep [House of Cards] in Maryland." Delegate John Donoghue, D-Hagerstown, said outside the bar awaiting Spacey's arrival, according to the news source. "I know there are people who are criticizing us but it has a huge impact on the economy in Maryland for them to stay here and film in Annapolis and Baltimore. If we lose them that's not good. Our film industry in Maryland for many years has done terrifically well. We've had many motion pictures filmed here."
For his part in the Red Red Wine Bar event on March 21, Spacey had as much real world charm as his character.
"We are enormously honored to be in this state," he told the crowd of state lawmakers, reported the Washington Post. "I can only tell you that every single day I go to work, there's no doubt in my mind that the faces I look at of Marylanders are incredibly happy that we're here."