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AAF PAC Disbursements and Success Rate in 2016 Electoral Cycle

The Arts Action Fund PAC helped elect 81.4% of endorsed candidates. See how you helped elect arts candidates this cycle.

UPDATE: Arts Action Fund Mobilizes Grassroots Supporters to Vote for Pro-Arts Ballot Initiatives

All the attention may be at the top of the ticket, but there are plenty of local referenda affecting the arts. Here’s where we won and lost on local ballot initiatives.

Arts Action Fund Mobilizes Grassroots Supporters to Vote for Pro-Arts Ballot Initiatives

All the attention may be at the top of the ticket, but there are plenty of local referenda affecting the arts.

Presidential Candidates respond to Education Survey by Washington Post

Candidates continue to elaborate on education positions up to the election.

Arts Positions of the 2016 Presidential Candidates

Election Day is less than one week away and the Arts Action Fund wanted to share its newest ArtsVote2016 Member Report on the Arts Positions of the 2016 Presidential Candidates.

This new report is one of the many programs and publications of ArtsVote2016, the Arts Action Fund’s biennial election cycle campaign to educate both candidates and voters on issues impacting the arts and arts education. In September, all Arts Action Fund members were e-mailed our 2016 Congressional Arts Report Card.

Arts Positions of the 2016 Presidential Candidates

Read the full Candidate Arts Memo for Hillary Clinton here.

Read the full Candidate Arts Memo for Donald Trump here.

Arts Positions of the 2016 Presidential Candidates : Hillary Clinton Arts Positions of the 2016 Presidential Candidates: Donald Trump
Candidate supports federal funding of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities?

YES

Watch Iowa town hall video, 9/15/15.

Read Hillary arts platform, 2008.

Unknown

Defers to Congress. Read interview, 3/28/16.

Candidate would maintain or increase federal support for arts education funding?

YES

Watch New Hampshire town hall video, 7/28/15.

Unknown

Defers to state and local school districts on funding, but expresses appreciation for arts education. Read interview, 3/28/16.

Candidate maintains current incentives for charitable giving to 501(c)(3) organizations, such as local nonprofit arts charities?

YES

Read article, 3/7/16.

NO

Read article, 9/19/16.

National party platform includes a positive position on the arts & arts education?

YES

See party platform (p. 21), 7/21/16.

NO

Nothing stated in party platform, 7/18/16.

Candidate has pro-arts and culture record in Congress or other public office?

YES

Signed a Senate Dear Colleague letter requesting increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, 2006.

Founding member of the Senate Cultural Caucus in 2005.

Supported several pieces of arts and culture legislation in the Senate. See S.888, S.1241, S.1108, S.749, S.287.

Not Applicable

Never held public office.

Candidate has chosen a Vice Presidential running mate with a pro-arts Congressional record?

YES

See Senator Tim Kaine’s Arts Memo and Congressional Arts Report Card records, 2016, 2014.

NO

See then-Rep. Mike Pence’s Arts Memo and Congressional Arts Report Card records, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004.

Please help support our ArtsVote2016 activities by contributing to the Arts Action Fund PAC. Please consider contributing as little as $5.

1$ per Capita for the Arts

Did you know that Congress appropriates a mere 46 cents per person to support the arts across the country? Americans for the Arts’ Arts Action Fund doesn’t think that’s enough. In fact, a majority of Americans agree with us that Congress should double funding to 1$ per capita for the Arts.

Before you cast your votes on November 8th, please explore our 2016 Congressional Arts Report Card. This useful tool can help guide you in picking pro-arts candidates that could potentially help us reach our goal of 1$ per capita for the Arts.

1$ per capita for the arts

Please also contribute to the Arts Action Fund PAC so we can financially support the re-election campaigns of key Congressional arts leaders featured in the Congressional Arts Report Card. The Arts Action Fund PAC is exclusively supported by members like you and 100 percent of the contributions are given to pro-arts candidates.

Arts Action Fund Election Day Checklist

Days are counting down until election day- are you ready to cast your ballot on November 8th?

Independent Sector Releases Candidate Tax Plans

Independent Sector releases its analysis of the tax and fiscal plans proposed by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Advocacy for the Arts Prevails Despite a Politically Divided Congress

As we approach the 2016 election, it seems like a good time to highlight some of the realities of policymaking and advocacy today, and to celebrate some of the big wins we’ve had this past year.

Advocacy for the Arts Prevails Despite a Politically Divided Congress

As we approach the 2016 election, it seems like a good time to highlight some of the realities of policymaking and advocacy today, and to celebrate some of the big wins we’ve had this past year.