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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Letters & Testimony

Joint letter from TCS & POGO to Members of the House on the good, the bad and the ugly in the NDAA

May 07, 2015

Joint letter from TCS & POGO to Members of the House on the good, the bad and the ugly in the NDAA Taxpayers for Common Sense and the Project on Government Oversight sent the following letter to each member of the House of Representatives on... Read More

Our Take

TCS analysis of National Defense Authorization bill for Fiscal Year 2016

April 28, 2015

TCS analysis of National Defense Authorization bill for Fiscal Year 2016 New Budgetary Shell Game The House Armed Services Committee bill to authorize spending for the Pentagon in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 includes an... Read More

Our Take

Senate Budget Committee Holds Hearing on The Benefits of a Balanced Budget

March 23, 2015

Senate Budget Committee Holds Hearing on The Benefits of a Balanced Budget At a March 11th Senate Budget Committee hearing on the benefits of a balanced budget, lawmakers discussed government waste, corporate welfare,... Read More

Our Take

Top 10 Tax Cherries On Top of the CROmnibus

December 17, 2014

Top 10 Tax Cherries On Top of the CROmnibus Fresh off their $1.1 trillion CROmnibus high, the Senate approved a bill providing dozens of tax breaks to special interests. The tax... Read More

Our Take

DOE Failed to Hedge its Bet on the Vogtle Nuclear Reactors

April 22, 2014

DOE Failed to Hedge its Bet on the Vogtle Nuclear Reactors Documents recently obtained from the Department of Energy (DOE) reveal that two of the Plant Vogtle co-owners were not required to pay... Read More

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

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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

Reports & Data

Understanding Oil and Gas Tax Subsidies

April 09, 2014

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

TCS appearances in the media in Expose Special Interests

Lobbying for political influence

June 23, 2015 | Capitol Insider

Billion dollar industries are pouring money into issues on Capitol Hill. How much are they spending? Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers... Read More

How Congress Hopes to De-Earmark Trade Earmarks

May 20, 2015 | The Washington Post

Caught in the crossfire of a ban on earmarks are little-known, specialized tax breaks members of Congress long secured for businesses back... Read More

The National Football League

April 30, 2015 | Capitol Insider

The National Football League has decided to drop it's tax-exempt status, calling it a distraction. The decision came after lawmakers... Read More

The Iowa Caucuses Have a Winner: Ethanol

March 27, 2015 | The Wall Street Journal

Opinion At the Iowa Agriculture Summit earlier this month, most of the prospective Republican presidential candidates embraced the... Read More

Governors’ Big Oil-Assisted Lobbying Pays Off in Obama’s Atlantic Drilling Plan

January 28, 2015 | Facing South

The Obama administration released its draft five-year plan for oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf this week -- and for the... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

January 23, 2015

Dividends of Doing It Differently

Reaction to the President’s State of the Union speech was swift and predictable. Democrats lauded his proposals... Read More