Expose Special Interests

The federal budget is rife with taxpayer giveaways to special interests. Telling the story of wasteful federal spending involves exposing the influence that powerful industries cultivate in Washington through campaign contributions and lobbying. ...More

Powerful industries field armies of lobbyists – some employing more than one lobbyist per member of Congress – to push for spending and tax preferences that waste our tax dollars. Interest groups exert influence in a variety of ways on the lawmakers best positioned to help their cause. Exposing these connections is a critical step in holding lawmakers accountable and reining in wasteful federal spending.

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Prepping the Ground for Farm Bill Reform

July 29, 2016

Prepping the Ground for Farm Bill Reform Most of the programs created in the trillion-dollar 2014 farm bill are authorized through 2018. Consequently, Congress is unlikely to have a... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Urges Lawmakers to Vote Again to End Wasteful Provision

June 15, 2016

TCS Urges Lawmakers to Vote Again to End Wasteful Provision TCS sent the letter below urging lawmakers to vote again to end a decades-old, wasteful requirement to ship anthracite coal from Pennsylvania to heat U.S. military bases in Germany. ... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Fiscal Conservatives Agree: Make Amendment #8 In Order

June 13, 2016

Fiscal Conservatives Agree: Make Amendment #8 In Order TCS and other fiscal conservative groups urged lawmakers to rule in order an amendment to strike a wasteful provision from the FY17 Defense Appropriations bill.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Coalition Letter to Support Reform for Miscellaneous Tariff Bills

April 14, 2016

Coalition Letter to Support Reform for Miscellaneous Tariff Bills On Thursday, Taxpayers for Common Sense and nine other groups sent a letter to Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter to OMB: USDA Catfish Program Is Embarrassingly Wasteful

December 08, 2015

Letter to OMB: USDA Catfish Program Is Embarrassingly Wasteful On Tuesday, TCS joined with a diverse array of 10 other government waste watchdogs in sending a letter to Shaun Donovan, Director of the White... Read More

Press Releases

Report Highlights Dozens of Federal Subsidies for Biofuels, with Focus on Ethanol

September 10, 2015

Report Highlights Dozens of Federal Subsidies for Biofuels, with Focus on Ethanol Taxpayers for Common Sense today released a report detailing the variety of federal subsidies for biofuels like corn ethanol...... Read More

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Reports & Data

Report: Understanding Federal Subsidies for the Biofuels & Biomass Industries

September 09, 2015

This report examines the subsidies the ethanol industry has received over the last three decades on all steps of the supply chain, and how biofuel and biomass subsidies have allowed the federal government to pick winners and losers, distort energy and agriculture markets, and contribute to expansion and overproduction of certain types of bioenergy.... Read More

Fact Sheets

Political Footprint of the Corn Ethanol Lobby - June 2015

June 15, 2015

Since its creation of the domestic market for corn ethanol after the energy crisis of the 1970s, the federal government has nurtured and... Read More

Fact Sheets

Updated: Rural Energy for America Program Fact Sheet

September 24, 2014 > Updated: September 24, 2014

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) was created in the 2008 farm bill to provide federal grants and loans to renewable energy... Read More

Fact Sheets

Updated:  Political Footprint of the Corn Ethanol Lobby

April 16, 2014

The federal government has in one form or another provided lucrative subsidies to the corn ethanol industry for more than 30 years, wasting tens of billions of taxpayer dollars in the process. ... Read More

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US Think Tanks Seek Info on Carbon Capture Tax Credit

August 11, 2016 | Tax News

On August 9, Green Scissors, a coalition between Friends of the Earth, the R Street Institute, and Taxpayers for Common Sense, announced it... Read More

Enviros, Small Government Groups Come Together

August 10, 2016 | Politico - Morning Tax

ENVIROS, SMALL GOVERNMENT GROUPS COME TOGETHER: An alliance going by the name of Green Scissors, consisting of Friends of the Earth, the R... Read More

Carbon Capture: Groups Request Records on Tax Credit

August 09, 2016 | Environment & Energy

Groups opposed to carbon capture subsidies today filed a Freedom of Information Act request to release more details on an existing federal tax... Read More

Coalition Submits FOIA Request to IRS on Clean Coal Subsidies

August 09, 2016 | Morning Consult

A coalition of groups, including Friends of the Earth, Taxpayers for Common Sense and the R Street Institute, has filed a Freedom of... Read More

IRS Is Asked for Info on Carbon Credits for Oil Extraction

August 09, 2016 | Law360

Law360, New York (August 9, 2016, 8:14 PM ET) -- A coalition of environmental and taxpayer groups on Tuesday announced it has asked... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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May 20, 2016

Water Bill Redux Causing Acid Reflux

Sometimes (often?) reading legislation takes a strong stomach. Thus, it was with trepidation that we took a... Read More

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