Privacy’s Rookie Cop on the Beat

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval on February 26, 2015, of the Open Internet Order did more than just place the Internet under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.  It also gave the FCC the right to regulate online consumer privacy protection, despite the fact that such power duplicates the authority long held by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  Always the zealot when it comes to controlling all aspects of communications, on March 31, 2016, the FCC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for consumer privacy protections solely related to Internet service providers (ISPs).

CAGW Releases March 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
March 18, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its March WasteWatcher, a monthly dispatch to members of the news media, highlighting some of the most prominent fiscal issues affecting American taxpayers.  The stories from its March edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

Privacy in the Digital Age

On February 25, 2016, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to discuss the impact of international law on the privacy of information that crosses borders.  However, the discussion at the hearing continually came back to a domestic issue:  the need for Congress to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA) in order to address the disparity between ECPA and the changes in technology since the law was enacted.

Coalition Group Opposes FCC's Flawed AllVid Mandate

Rep. Hal Rogers

Chairman, Appropriations Committee

Ander Crenshaw

Chairman, Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government

United States House of Representatives


Washington, DC   20515


Dear Chairman Rogers, and Chairman Crenshaw:

The FCC Should Keep Its Hands Out of Our Wallets

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seems to be taking a fast and furious ride through America’s pockets lately.  The FCC, under the helm of Chairman Tom Wheeler, announced plans to expand the Lifeline program to give away broadband Internet subsidies to low-income individuals.  What this means for the average consumer is an increase in their telephone bills, by requiring the payment of higher contributions to the Universal Service Fund (USF).

New Hampshire: Please Support the Majority Committee Report on HB 1180

Dear Representative,

On behalf of the 8,940 members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) in New Hampshire, I am writing to urge you to support the Municipal and County Government Committee Majority Report rejecting House Bill 1180.

Coalition Group Urges Support for H.R. 1283: Songwriter Equity Act

March 1, 2016


The Honorable Bob Goodlatte, Chairman                                    

The Honorable John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member

Committee on the Judiciary

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C.  20515


Dear Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers:

As organizations that value the important role of music and its creators, we urge the committee to liberate songwriters from excessive government regulation, and allow them to negotiate royalty rates in a free market.


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CAGW Names Rep. Elijah Cummings November 2017 Porker of the Month

Rep. Cummings is CAGW's November Porker of the Month for attempting to place price controls on prescription drugs.