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

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

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

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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

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

NM delegation favors tax cut package, with caveats

December 08, 2014 | Albuquerque Journal

The U.S. House – including all three members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation – voted overwhelmingly last week to approve a one-year... Read More

Reviving Earmarks is Not Going to Break Congress’ Gridlock

November 19, 2014 | US News & World Report

There is wide agreement inside and outside of Washington that the recent level of Congressional dysfunction has reached troubling... Read More

House Committee Chairman Helps Company Linked to His Son

November 13, 2014 | Bloomberg

The Pentagon didn't want it, but McKeon's amendment would steer millions to a pilot program that would hire private companies to put veterans in jobs. ... Read More

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

Weekly Wastebasket

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October 03, 2014

Bribing to Subsidize

Starting the fiscal year off with a bang, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) “resolved” a trade dispute... Read More