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Judicial Watch: Taxpayers' Money Used to Fund Trump Nazi Billboard

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By    |   Friday, 12 May 2017 10:51 AM

A controversial billboard in downtown Phoenix, depicting President Donald Trump as a Nazi, was funded by taxpayers, Judicial Watch revealed.

The conservative watchdog group said the billboard features "a menacing portrait of Trump surrounded by mushroom clouds — in the shape of laughing clowns — and swastikas modified as dollars signs."

It noted a pin of a Russian flag appears on Trump's lapel.

Judicial Watch identified the artist behind the work as Karen Fiorito, and noted news reports which say she has received death threats. The billboard was commissioned by Beatrice Moore, who is recognized by the city as an "artist, community organizer and arts advocate" according to Judicial Watch.

Judicial Watch had filed a public records request with the city of Phoenix to obtain details related to public funds connected to those involved with the sign,

"This week Judicial Watch received the documents that show the city of Phoenix has awarded Moore, the Trump Nazi billboard owner…thousands of dollars in grants for a program she runs called Grand Avenue Arts & Preservation (GAP), which encompasses the Art Detour event where the Nazi billboard made its debut," Judicial Watch said.

"Moore and her various publicly-funded art enterprises received $3,500 from the city of Phoenix in July 2016, the records obtained by Judicial Watch show, which encompasses the March 2017 Art Detour event that kicked off with the Trump billboard."

Funds come from "government grant monies," including the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the money is used for "artists' fees," the watchdog group said.

The billboard has been the target of vandalism since it went up on March 17, The Arizona Republic reported.

The newspaper quoted one person who works nearby as saying it was vandalized twice in a week. In one of those incidents, someone appeared to use a paintball gun to try to damage it, according to the paper.

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A controversial billboard in downtown Phoenix, depicting President Donald Trump as a Nazi, was funded by taxpayers, Judicial Watch revealed.
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