A billboard that has been making the rounds on social media depicting Donald Trump amidst nuclear explosion mushroom clouds in the shape of laughing clowns was paid for by tax payer funds. Records obtained by Judicial Watch has uncovered that the billboard brandishing Nazi-like dollar signs was commissioned by an “arts advocate” paid with Phoenix tax funds. Judicial Watch reports that the owner of the billboard, Beatrice Moore, paid for the controversial image. 12 News Phoenix reports that Moore would leave the billboard up as long as Trump was in office.
“This week Judicial Watch received the documents that show the city of Phoenix has awarded Moore, the Trump Nazi billboard owner and a prominent figure in the local art community, 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. The publicly funded annual art celebration is touted as having “a diverse slate of activities created by local artists and art venues to celebrate the growing, vibrant Phoenix arts scene” and is described as “…one of the most important events in Phoenix’s calendar” by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. The event is produced by a group called Artlink, which was founded by Moore, in partnership with the city of Phoenix. Former Phoenix Deputy City Manager Rick Naimark, who retired in 2015 with a hefty pension, sits on the board of Artlink.”
Judicial Watch further explains that Moore had received $3500 in July 2016 from the city of Phoenix for her publicly-funded events including the Art Detour event which aims to “diminish barriers.”