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

TCS Urges Lawmakers to Vote Again to End Wasteful Provision

June 15, 2016

TCS Urges Lawmakers to Vote Again to End Wasteful Provision TCS sent the letter below urging lawmakers to vote again to end a decades-old, wasteful requirement to ship anthracite coal from Pennsylvania to heat U.S. military bases in Germany. ... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Fiscal Conservatives Agree: Make Amendment #8 In Order

June 13, 2016

Fiscal Conservatives Agree: Make Amendment #8 In Order TCS and other fiscal conservative groups urged lawmakers to rule in order an amendment to strike a wasteful provision from the FY17 Defense Appropriations bill.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Coalition Letter to Support Reform for Miscellaneous Tariff Bills

April 14, 2016

Coalition Letter to Support Reform for Miscellaneous Tariff Bills On Thursday, Taxpayers for Common Sense and nine other groups sent a letter to Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means... Read More

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

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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

Could An Earmark Have Squeezed Into Pork-Barrel Warrior Paul Ryan’s Latest Pentagon Bill?

July 11, 2016 | Circa News

In March 2010, a Democratic-led House banned earmarks for for-profit corporations. A Republican-led House reaffirmed the ban in November... Read More

Congress Buys the Navy A $400 Million Pork Ship

July 05, 2016 | Politico Magazine

In the nearly eight years since the first Littoral Combat Ship was delivered to the Navy, it hasn’t won many ardent fans beyond the Navy,... Read More

Hillary Clinton: An Insider in the Year of the Outsider

June 27, 2016 | Washington Examiner

It was a dichotomous moment in the 2016 race: Hillary Clinton, from the safety of a back room somewhere in New Jersey, told CNN's Jake Tapper... Read More

Bases in Germany May Still Use Pennsylvania Coal

June 23, 2016 | CNHI

WASHINGTON – Anthracite coal from eastern Pennsylvania may continue being shipped to U.S. military bases in Germany after the state's... Read More

Huffman Praised for Joining Attack on Waste

June 22, 2016 | Marin Independent Journal

As president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a national nonpartisan budget watchdog group, I am writing to call attention to the leadership of... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

May 20, 2016

Water Bill Redux Causing Acid Reflux

Sometimes (often?) reading legislation takes a strong stomach. Thus, it was with trepidation that we took a... Read More

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