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 Despite claims by the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, the notion that the recently signed $956 billion farm bill (H.R. 2642) is a reform bill crumbles under scrutiny. In addition to its paltry $16.6 billion in speculative savings that is likely to never be realized, the bill comes nowhere near to achieving Sen. Stabenow’s claimed “about 100 different authorizations and programs we eliminated.” ... 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

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

Fact Sheets

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

March 13, 2014

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

When Interests Overlap for Durbin, Lobbyist Wife

October 06, 2014 | Chicago Tribune

Sen. Dick Durbin has long said that he and his wife, Loretta, an Illinois lobbyist, take pains to separate their work and avoid conflicts of... Read More

Local Public Agencies Spend Thousands to Hire Washington Lobbyists

September 24, 2014 | Ventura County Star

WASHINGTON — Several Ventura County public agencies have spent more than $228,000 in taxpayers' money for Washington lobbyists so far this... Read More

Does Kingston Bring Home the Bacon?

July 01, 2014 | Politifact

Earmarks are the money lawmakers yank from the federal budget to benefit their jurisdictions. Critics of the system tend to use the... Read More

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

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

October 03, 2014

Bribing to Subsidize

Volume XIX No.40 Starting the fiscal year off with a bang, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)... Read More

The Unaffordable F-35

Weekly Wastebasket

Subsidies Keep the Good Times Rolling

August 28, 2014

Weekly Wastebasket

Bribing to Subsidize

October 03, 2014