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Financial Information

The financial information presented here represents the combined results for Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) and the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) for the year ended December 31, 2018, and is extracted from financial statements audited by independent accountants.

CAGW and CCAGW operate on a combined budget of approximately $4 million. CAGW and CCAGW accept contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations, and other organizations consistent with our mission to uncover, publicize, and eliminate government waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.  Since their inception in 1984, CAGW and CCAGW have engaged in a wide range of activities that have helped save taxpayers more than $2.3 trillion.


In 2018, 72 percent of the organizations' combined income came from individual contributors, while foundation and corporate contributors accounted for 28 percent.

2018 Income


CAGW's and CCAGW's program expenses on public education, research, and lobbying absorbed 70 percent of expenditures in 2018.  Fundraising accounted for 20 percent of expenses, and management 10 percent.

2016 Expenses

Contributions to CAGW are tax-deductible under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. CCAGW is a 501(c)(4) organization; therefore, contributions are not tax-deductible. Audited financial statements and IRS Form 990s are available upon request from

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