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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Our Take

Let The Good Times Roll for Shipbuilders

March 04, 2014

Let The Good Times Roll for Shipbuilders On the calendar it’s “Fat Tuesday” and if you don’t already know it, the unofficial theme of Fat Tuesday is "Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez". ... Read More

Our Take

New Farm Bill, Same Subsidy Schemes

February 12, 2014

New Farm Bill, Same Subsidy Schemes Taxpayers, meet your new farm bill, same as the old farm bill. Despite claims by the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, the notion... Read More

Our Take

NIMBYs Still Nimble in Congress

January 15, 2014

NIMBYs Still Nimble in Congress Most everyone has heard the acronym “NIMBY” for “Not In My Back Yard!” The defense section of the FY14 Omnibus is a strong indication the... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter to Chairman of Senate Finance Committee Re: Tax Reform Discussion Drafts

January 14, 2014

Today TCS sent a letter to the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Regarding Tax Reform Discussion Drafts... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter to Farm Bill Conferees: Repeal the Duplicative Catfish Inspection Program

January 08, 2014

Letter to Farm Bill Conferees: Repeal the Duplicative Catfish Inspection Program Today, TCS joined 11 other organizations in a letter to farm bill conferees urging repeal of the duplicative USDA catfish inspection office. ... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter to Congress: Eliminate the Corn Ethanol Mandate

December 10, 2013

Letter to Congress: Eliminate the Corn Ethanol Mandate Today, TCS joined 39 other organizations asking Congress to eliminate the corn ethanol mandate in the federal Renewable Fuel Standard.... Read More

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Fact Sheets

Updated: Rural Energy for America Program Fact Sheet

June 20, 2014

Updated: Rural Energy for America Program Fact Sheet 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

Updated:  Political Footprint of the Corn Ethanol Lobby The federal government has in one form or another provided lucrative subsidies to the corn ethanol industry for more than 30 years, wasting... Read More

Reports & Data

Understanding Oil and Gas Tax Subsidies

April 09, 2014

Understanding Oil and Gas Tax Subsidies Understanding Oil and Gas Tax Subsidies is an in-depth look at special provisions written into the tax code over decades that benefit... Read More

Fact Sheets

Web of Special Interests Influencing New Taxpayer-Subsidized Crop Insurance Policies

March 13, 2014

Web of Special Interests Influencing New Taxpayer-Subsidized Crop Insurance Policies The highly subsidized federal crop insurance program has quickly become the largest subsidy for agribusinesses. It is a shining example of a... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Expose Special Interests

Earmarks may be dead, but pet projects live on

May 20, 2014 | Washington Examiner

Despite a three-year-old ban on earmarks, members of Congress have found ways to bring home the bacon. Two spending authorization bills... Read More

‘Precursor Earmarks’ Draw Scrutiny

May 14, 2014 | Congressional Quarterly

Earmarks are no longer allowed on Capitol Hill, at least in the narrow sense of noncompetitive spending directed at a particular entity at... Read More

Harry Reid Says Congress Used Earmarks for 200 Years

May 14, 2014 | Politifact

The term "earmark" has become something of a dirty word in Washington in recent years, with lawmakers pledging not to use the special... Read More

Congress Likely to Revive NASCAR Tax Break

May 07, 2014 | Orlando Sentinel

WASHINGTON — The Daytona Beach company that owns the city's famous NASCAR racetrack is poised for another come-from-behind tax victory in... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

April 11, 2014

What’s Your Tax Rate?

Seeing as April 15th is right around the corner, we’ll keep the tax reform ball rolling this week. As... Read More