Thomas A. Schatz | Citizens Against Government Waste

Thomas A. Schatz

Press Release

For Immediate Release     
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Thomas A. Schatz is President of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) and its lobbying arm, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW).

CAGW was founded by J. Peter Grace and Jack Anderson in 1984 following the release of the Grace Commission report.  It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, educational organization with more than one million members and supporters nationwide.  Mr. Schatz is a nationally recognized spokesperson on government waste and has appeared on hundreds of radio talk shows from coast to coast, including WBZ in Boston, WGN in Chicago, KABC in Los Angeles, WCBS in New York, and WOAI in San Antonio.  His national television appearances include “ABC News with Peter Jennings,” “CBS News with Dan Rather,” “NBC News with Tom Brokaw,” CNN, CNBC, Fox News Channel, “Larry King Live,” “The McNeil-Lehrer News Hour,” and numerous local network affiliates.

According to official Office of Management and Budget and CAGW figures, implementation of Grace Commission and other waste-cutting recommendations has helped save taxpayers more than $700 billion since 1984.

As President of CCAGW, the 501(c)(4) nonprofit lobbying organization, Mr. Schatz has testified numerous times on government waste issues before committees of the United States Senate and House of Representatives.  He also spearheaded the nationwide expansion of the grassroots Taxpayers Action Network.

During his 17 years with CAGW, Mr. Schatz has been instrumental in a development program that increased members and supporters from 5,000 to more than 1,000,000.

Prior to joining CAGW in 1986, Mr. Schatz spent six years as legislative director for Congressman Hamilton Fish, Jr. (R-N.Y.) and two years practicing law and lobbying.

Mr. Schatz holds a law degree from George Washington University and was graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a BA degree, With Honors, in Political Science.  He is married to Leslee Behar and has two daughters, Samantha and Alexandra.


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