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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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

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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:  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

Fact Sheets

Oil and Gas Industry Profits and Lobbying Remain High in 2013, Billions in Federal Subsidies Continue

March 05, 2014

Oil and Gas Industry Profits and Lobbying Remain High in 2013, Billions in Federal Subsidies Continue The largest oil and gas companies recorded more than $100 billion in profits during 2013, according to company financial records, ensuring... Read More

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Guilt By Association in Louisiana

April 14, 2014 | FactCheck.org

In a classic case of misdirection, the Senate Majority PAC claims the “out-of-state billionaire Koch brothers” are spending millions to... Read More

Triumph of the Drill

April 14, 2014 | Mother Jones

Over the past century, the federal government has pumped more than $470 billion into the oil and gas industry in the form of generous, never-expiring tax breaks. Once intended to jump-start struggling domestic drillers, these incentives have become a tidy bonus for some of the world's most profitable companies.... Read More

Politifact: Did Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran spurn Katrina bridge-repair project to back ‘Bridge to Nowhere’?

March 28, 2014 | Politifact.com

Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran was first elected to Congress in 1972, and was elected to the Senate six years later. But at age 76,... Read More

Good News for Corn, Bad News for You

March 12, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report

This is a good news/bad news story. The good news was found in an unexpected place. We at Taxpayers for Common Sense did not have a lot of... Read More

Proposed Cuts to Decades-Old Weapons Face Congressional Pushback

March 10, 2014 | The Fiscal Times

Last week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel offered the ultimate insult for a weapons system. He dismissed the A-10 Thunderbolt II, a... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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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