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Senate Arts Report Card - John McCain

Senator John McCain

A maverick, a term Senator John McCain has long used to describe himself, is defined as "showing independence in thoughts or actions." Over the years, this “maverick” senator has done little to show leadership in support for the arts and arts education. His recent release of “Summertime Blues, 100 stimulus projects that give taxpayers the blues,” with Senator Tom Coburn included a starring role for arts projects such as jazz festivals, theatre companies and more. 

Back in 1999, McCain even supported an amendment to a bill, the Smith-Ashcroft Amendment, which sought to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in its entirety. In speaking about 2009’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s $50 million for the NEA, McCain said, “$50 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts—all of us are for the arts…tell me how that creates any significant number of jobs?” The more than 47,000 people employed by the arts in Arizona might have something to say about that.


Arts Economic Impact in Arizona

47,712 jobs




McCain Report Card


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