General Waste

A Pathway to Change at the IRS

Because of the delicate, private, and proprietary nature of information provided by individuals and businesses to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on tax returns, audits are an inherently governmental function that should be conducted solely by government employees.  This confidential process should not be handed over to outside individuals or organizations.  However, that is exactly the situation that Microsoft Corporation found itself in May 2014, when the IRS decided to hire an outside litigation firm to conduct an audit of the company’s international division, and then proscriptively issued regulations allowing the agency to take such action. 

Donald Trump Commits to Several CAGW-Endorsed Reforms to Eliminate Government Waste

At a speech to the Union League in Philadelphia today, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump committed to several government-wide reforms that could save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars:

CAGW Releases August 2016 WasteWatcher

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

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

Western Lands; the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The history of federal land ownership in the West is long and complex.  In 1803, the Louisiana Purchase established the federal government as administrator of vast stretches of land not already under control by states.  In 1862, the federal government attempted to transfer some of that control back to the populace through the Homestead Act, which provided settlers with 160 acres of public land.

And the Medallion goes to … the Taxicab Monopoly!

Buried in the bleak history of the Great Depression can be found the beginning of the end for the iconic “Yellow Cab.”  With unemployment at a staggering 18 percent in 1938, the working class scrambled to find ways to make ends meet.  Driving taxicabs became the only choice for many.  This influx of drivers quickly swamped the market.

CAGW Names Sen. Barbara Mikulski July Porker of the Month

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

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) its July Porker of the Month for her reckless push to bring back wasteful and corruptive earmarks.

Wasteful Spending Rating of Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee Sen. Tim Kaine

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
July 22, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) today released its congressional rating of the presumptive Democratic Vice Presidential nominee, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.).

Wasteful Spending Rating of GOP Vice Presidential Nominee Gov. Mike Pence

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
July 15, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) today released its congressional rating of the presumptive Republican Vice Presidential nominee, Gov. Mike Pence.

CAGW Releases July 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
July 14, 2016  

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

Perks for Past Presidents Potentially Pruned

In a little-heralded move that was lost in the Friday afternoon news dump where important information typically goes to die in Washington, D.C., something verging on the miraculous occurred in the nation’s capital.

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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.