He is also one of the NEA Four. In 1990 he and three of his fellow artists became embroiled in a lawsuit against the government's National Endowment for the Arts program. John Frohnmayer, one of the chairman of the NEA vetoed funding his project, a performance comedy with a toilet prop, on the basis of content and was accused of implementing a partisan political agenda. The case was eventually won at the US Supreme Court. The NEA subsequently stopped funding all individual artists, as a result of this case.
^David A. Schlossman Actors and Activists: Politics, Performance, and Exchange Among ... 2002 0815332688 "In this chapter, I analyze the political and performance work of four postmodern performance artists — Karen Finley, John Fleck, Holly Hughes, and Tim Miller — who work in an "avant-garde" art world characterized by challenges to the ..."
^Tallmer, Jerry (2003-10-02). "Vagina Dentata Monologue". New York, NY, US. Archived from the original on 2005-11-10. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 'I guess you could blame us for that,' Fleck admitted. 'But if it wasn't us, it would have been someone else.'