Tim Kaine Staunchly Supports Federal Funding of Political Science Research. Or Funding of the Arts. Whatever. By John Sides on April 10, 2013 My colleague Paul Wahlbeck sent a letter to his senator, Tim Kaine, asking him to support National Science Foundation funding of political science research and to oppose the Coburn amendment. This is Kaine’s reply: I’ve always thought of myself as an artist.