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Just the Facts: 2012 US Presidential Candidates Arts Positions

by Hrag Vartanian on November 6, 2012

Posted Americans for the Arts Action Fund on November 2, 2012 (h/t @vajiajia & @museumnerd)

Barack Obama
Joe Biden

    Democratic Nominees

Mitt Romney
Paul Ryan

       Republican Nominees

Candidate would maintain or increase federal support of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.

Yes 

Proposed increase of $9 million for National Endowment for the Arts

-FY 13 NEA budget request, Rpt p.2 / PDF p. 6

-FY 13 NEH budget request, Rpt p.11/PDF p. 1

No

“Reduce subsidies for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities”

-Romney/Ryan website

-Los Angeles Times article

 

Candidate would maintain or increase federal support of museums and libraries.

Yes

Proposed increase of $9 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities and level funding of $232 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

-FY 13 IMLS budget request, Rpt/PDF p.12

Unknown

Congressman Ryan’s House-passed budget calls for eliminating the Institute of Museum and Library Services, but it is unclear what Gov. Romney’s position is.

– Ryan’s FY2013 budget, Rpt p.88 /  PDF p.96

 

Candidate would maintain or increase federal support for public broadcasting.

Yes

Proposed level funding of $445 million for Corporation for Public Broadcasting

-FY 13 CPB budget request

No

“Reduce subsidies for…the Corporation for Public Broadcasting”

-Romney/Ryan website

-10/3/12 presidential debate transcript

Candidate would maintain or increase Title I funding, which includes eligibility for arts education.

Yes

Proposed to reauthorize current Title I program, with level funding.

-FY13 budget request, Rpt p18 / PDF p 22

Unknown

Proposes to change Title I funding by expanding choice for eligible students to use federal funds to pay for public, charter, or private schools. It is unclear what impact this would have on arts education Title I funding.

-Romney education plan, Rpt p.23 / PDF p. 24

Candidate would maintain support of national and community service, which includes eligibility for arts and music service.

Yes

Proposed increase of 1 percent to $1.1 billion for Corporation for National & Community Service agency budget.

-FY 13 CNCS budget request

 

Unknown

Congressman Ryan’s House-passed budget calls for eliminating the Corporation for National and Community Service, but it is unclear what Gov. Romney’s position is.

– Ryan’s FY2013 budget, Rpt p.88 /  PDF p.96

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

No

The Obama plan maintains the ability for households to deduct charitable gifts, but he proposes reducing the value of the deduction from 35 percent to 28 percent for those households that make more than $250,000.

-FY 2010-13 budget request, blog statement

No

Gov. Romney has suggested maintaining a deduction for charitable gifts, but he has also proposed combining those charitable deductions with other tax deductions, such as mortgage interest, all of which would be limited by an overall cap that could jeopardize incentives to donate.

– 10/16/12 presidential debate transcript

 

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

Yes

“We will continue to support public funding for the National Endowment for the Arts… and for programs providing art and music education…”

– 9/4/12 DNC platform, p.1

No

GOP platform was silent on these issues.

–  8/28/12 GOP platform

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Balhatain Brian Sherwin

    Why not list the number of promises Obama made to the art community… that he did not live up to? Tyler Green had enough grit to point that out in the past. What about the NEA scandal involving Yosi Sergant… a friend/supporter of Obama using NEA resources to support the Democrat party is kind of a big deal. Sergant denies that he did anything wrong… but if you notice… Obama distanced himself from both Yosi Sergant AND his pal Shepard Fairey after that scandal.

    • http://hragv.com Hrag Vartanian

      I don’t think you can even compare the GOP’s total neglect and gutting of the arts compared to the Democrats. And Obama and Fairey never had a relationship, so your use of the word “pal” is kind of hilarious. I guess we know who you are voting for.

    • http://twitter.com/StudioBenKnight Ben Knight

      If you are going to vote for a party… Vote Green Party

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