The Public Theater, the New York City “Shakespeare in the Park” group whose rendition of Julius Caesar depicts President Trump being stabbed to death, received an average of $976,296 from the government annually between 2010 and 2014.
“I wonder how much of this ‘art’ is funded by taxpayers?” Donald Trump, Jr. tweeted on Sunday. “Serious question, when does ‘art’ become political speech & does that change things?”
According to 990 forms obtained by CNSNews.com, taxpayer dollars accounted for about 4.6% of The Public Theater’s total revenue from 2010 through 2014, which averaged $21,281,920 annually.
Taxpayers shelled out $4,881,480 to The Public Theater over the five-year period, 2010-2014.
The company’s 2012-2014 990 forms are published on their website, and Charity Navigator provided the 2010 and 2011 forms.
On Monday, after CNSNews.com published the list of sponsors of The Public Theater, The Public Theater pulled that list from its website.
Two of the sponsors listed were government agencies: the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.
After receiving backlash from the public, causing two of its sponsors, Delta Airlines and the Bank of America, to pull their funding, the Shakespeare group put out an unrepentant statement:Read more at CNSNews