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

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

Airline responds to WTAE airplane investigation with text messages

July 30, 2015 | WTAE Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, Pa. —The airline Sun Air Express maintains the Essential Air Service is truly essential after a WTAE investigation raised... Read More

Pennsylvania taxpayers funding nearly empty $29 commercial flights daily

July 29, 2015 | WTAE Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH —A federal program that enables $29 commercial flights from Pittsburgh on almost empty planes every day is being funded by... Read More

Critics fear Senate bill could mean backdoor return of earmarks

July 07, 2015 | E&E Publishing

A decade after an uproar over an Alaskan bridge venture helped cool a congressional earmarking craze, lawmakers would gain renewed, if... Read More

Santorum charter flights cost taxpayers more than $400K

July 02, 2015 | USA Today

Former senator Rick Santorum, R-Pa., launched his presidential campaign in May by emphasizing his blue-collar roots and promising to "take... 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

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