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LACMA's most reliable patrons: 10 million taxpayers
LACMA's most reliable patrons: 10 million taxpayers

As the Los Angeles County Museum of Art celebrates its 50th anniversary, it's worth remembering that its biggest, most steadfast benefactors, past, present and future, are the county's 10 million residents. Yes, when it comes to shouldering the financial load for LACMA, celebrated arts philanthropists such as Eli and Edythe Broad, Lynda and Stewart Resnick and Wallis Annenberg have done praiseworthy service. But they all rank far below You, the People. High-profile benefactors have earned kudos by giving tens of millions each to the museum during the 21st century. The Los Angeles public, through the county government it feeds with taxes and fees, has given $349 million...

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