General Waste

Taxpayers Fund Absurd Government Marketing

According to Gallup, Americans’ trust in government rests near an all-time low.  Gallup’s 2015 survey found that, “Fewer than three-in-ten Americans have expressed trust in the federal government in every major national poll conducted since July 2007 – the longest period of low trust in government in more than 50 years.”  There are copious reasons for this valid opinion. 

Tobacco Harm-Reduction: Big League Healthcare Savings

In the twenty-first century, remarkable technology innovations have improved nearly every aspect of everyone's lives. Smart TVs and smartphones are the most well-known examples; however, these innovations even extend to smoking.

Time to Cut the Billions in Improper Payments

When the average American sees an incorrect charge on his or her credit card statement, a quick to call the bank ensues to ensure that the money is promptly returned. Unfortunately, the federal government is not as efficient.  Since 2010, federal government improper payments have totaled nearly $600 billion, mostly (90 percent) in overpayments.

CAGW Lists Taxpayer Tricks and Treats For Halloween 2016

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
October 27, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released the 16th annual compilation of scary, surreal, and spine-tingling taxpayer tricks and treats.  The following is CAGW’s list of nominees for inclusion in the Fiscal House of Horrors for 2016…

CAGW Releases October 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
October 20, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its October 2016 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 October edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

Washington's 2016 Year-End Spending Spree

As federal fiscal years wind down, a frustrating ritual takes place throughout departments and agencies:  a spending surge on frivolous items in order to avoid budget cuts in the next fiscal year.  The final month of fiscal year 2016 is no exception.

Unauthorized Spending, Sacred Cows, and the Need for Training Wheels

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has long advocated for reforms to the way that Congress does business, focused on senators and representatives who turn blind eyes to ever-increasing spending.  One such reform, introduced on March 14, 2016 by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) is H.R. 4730, the Unauthorized Spending Accountability (USA) Act.

Upstate New York Film Project Flops

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) was established in 1922.  Since then, the organization has grown into a worldwide juggernaut, promoting America’s film artists and representing the industry issues before government regulators and legislative bodies across the globe.  According to the MPAA, the American film industry currently supports 1.9 million workers and contributes $41 billion to more than 345,000 businesses in a given year in the United States alone.

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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.