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Tis the Season for Government Negligence

When the government tries to play Santa Claus, bad things happen.  The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) allows certain charitable organizations exclusive access to federal workplaces to solicit contributions from employees.  The contributions can be...

CAGW Staff November 30, 2006
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Bridge to Nowhere Update

Even though the Bridge to Nowhere has gone nowhere fast since Congress stripped it of its federal earmark, outgoing Governor Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska) is still trying to keep the project alive. 

CAGW Staff October 31, 2006
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Like Father… Like Son?

For the past six years, Sen. Ted Stevens’ (R-Alaska) has put Alaska at the top of CAGW’s pork per capita list.  In 2006 alone, he secured a whopping $325 million in pork, or $489 per Alaskan resident.  Recent news reports show that his son, Ben...

Elizabeth Wright October 31, 2006
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FEMA and Trading Spaces

When a participant goes on the popular Learning Channel show Trading Spaces, they have two days to redesign a room in the home of a friend or family member.  They must remain under budget throughout the process.  Conversely, when FEMA decides to...

Sean Kennedy October 31, 2006
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College Town Poverty – Ramen Noodles AGAIN?

It’s an early afternoon on a crisp fall day in an average college town.  In preparation for the game, young professionals are piling into local bars and restaurants to see their alma mater play.  The late risers are lining up at the numerous...

Sean Kennedy September 30, 2006
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Legal Services Nonprofit Wastes Tax Dollars

Free legal help is getting more expensive for taxpayers and much of the money is going to waste. The Legal Services Corporation (LSC), which received $330.8 million in fiscal 2006, distributes money to 138 local nonprofit legal aid organizations...

CAGW Staff September 30, 2006
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Newark Mayor Takes Taxpayers for a Ride

With a salary of $186,000, one would think that the mayor of Newark would have no need for taxpayers to pay for his vacations.  Think again.  Even though former mayor Sharpe James had an annual travel expense budget of $25,000, he is currently under...

CAGW Staff September 30, 2006
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The Rail Subsidy That Could

Parents and children alike are familiar with the story, “The Little Engine That Could.”  Through perseverance and sheer determination, a small train engine pulled a train over a steep mountain even with the odds stacked against it and when other...

CAGW Staff September 30, 2006
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Spending Database is a Big Victory for Taxpayers

On September 18, Congress finally passed S. 2590, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006.  But this victory for taxpayers was not won without controversy and confronting shenanigans caused by spendthrift porkers in the...

Elizabeth Wright August 31, 2006
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USPS Chief Living Large

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is fond of describing itself as a business, on par with some Fortune 100 companies.  However, a recent investigation by the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) into allegations of misconduct of one of its...

Leslie Paige August 31, 2006
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A Little Rain, A Lot of Waste in Florida

How can a tempest that failed to arrive cost taxpayers $17 million?  That is the estimated price of the impact of Hurricane Ernesto on South Florida.  If you thought, as I had, that Ernesto struck the United States farther north and hardly affected...

Leslie Paige August 31, 2006
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A Victory for the Defense Travel System

Since its initial creation in 1998, the Defense Travel System (DTS) has exhibited massive inefficiencies and waste.  The project, created by the Department of Defense (DOD), was meant to serve as a cost-efficient travel system for DOD employees. ...

CAGW Staff July 31, 2006

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