Taxpayers for Common Sense
Taxpayers for Common Sense

Our Accomplishments Since 1995

Taxpayers for Common Sense through more than 25 years of preventing wasteful spending.

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The primary mission of Taxpayers for Common Sense is to cut wasteful government spending programs, subsidies, and tax breaks.

— Co-founder Ralph DeGennaro at a 1995 press conference, announcing the creation of Taxpayers.

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In 1995, our co-founders saw Taxpayers for Common Sense as a missing element in the policy landscape, as an organization that would speak fiscal truth to power, actually read the bills, and highlight wasteful programs that poorly spend our money, and shift long-term risk and liability to the taxpayer.

Some of our most important victories for taxpayers include…

Monkeys in Space (1996)

In 1996, Taxpayers sends a letter to NASA demanding an end to its $33.2 million program to launch Russian-owned monkeys into space.

Eventually, the program gets nixed.

Co-founders Jill Lancelot and Raphael DeGennaro with the late Senator William Proxmire and Representative Ron Kind (D-WI). Senator Proxmire

The Golden Fleece Award (2000)

In 1995, Senator William Proxmire gives Taxpayers for Common Sense our first contribution.

Later, he asks Taxpayers for Common Sense to revive his Golden Fleece Award, to be presented to public officials who the Senator
felt were wasting public money.

Taxpayers for Common Sense has since given out more than 30 Golden Fleece Awards.

Auburn Dam (2000)

Taxpayers helps kill the $944 million Auburn Dam for the second time.

After being revived for a third time in 2001, Taxpayers finally kills it once and for all in 2006.