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

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

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

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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

TCS appearances in the media in Expose Special Interests

Military Bases May Be Forced to Stay Warm without Pennsylvania Coal

December 21, 2015 | CNHI News

WASHINGTON - Congress is on the verge of killing a much-derided program in which the Pentagon spends millions of dollars a year buying coal... Read More

The Rise of the ‘Zombie Earmark’

October 21, 2015 | Politico

When Congress banned earmarks in 2011, House Speaker John Boehner said stripping lawmakers' ability to direct federal dollars to their pet... Read More

New Tesla Model X SUV Could Get One Hummer of a Tax Break

October 19, 2015 | The San Francisco Chronicle

The debut of the Tesla Model X sport utility vehicle has renewed outrage over a big business tax break known as the Hummer loophole. It... Read More

Keep Up

September 09, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

Taxpayers pay the price when government falls behind on resource development standards.... Read More

Avian flu is hammering hens — should poultry farmers get a bailout?

July 31, 2015 | Grist

You may have noticed that the price of eggs has gone up. That’s partially due to theHighly Pathogenic Avian Influenza epidemic that decimated... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

October 30, 2015

Not Done Yet

As one of his last acts, Speaker Boehner swung a deal to set the budget levels for the current and next fiscal... Read More

TCS Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Weekly Wastebasket

Final Budget Countdown

February 05, 2016

Reports & Data

TCS Yearly Budget Request Analyses

February 05, 2016

Letters & Testimony

TCS Urges Lawmakers to End Ethanol Blender Pump Spending

February 02, 2016