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Last modified: February 19, 2013, 2:53 PM
Taxpayers for Common Sense: Scrupulously accurate, aggressively nonpartisan, and doggedly persistent at eliminating government waste.
Founded in 1995, Taxpayers for Common Sense is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan budget watchdog that serves as an independent voice for American taxpayers. Our mission is to ensure that the federal government spends taxpayer dollars responsibly and operates within its means.
Our Operating Principles:
We work with Congress. TCS works extensively with elected officials from both political parties. TCS positions are cited during floor debates, and TCS testifies frequently before congressional committees. Our 501(c)(4) affiliate organization, TCS Action, works to change policy through lobbying and other activities.
We sound the alarm in the media. TCS staff have discussed government waste on numerous national television programs, including NBC's Today Show and The CBS Evening News, as well as the ABC World News's "It's Your Money" and NBC Nightly News's "Fleecing of America" consumer news segments. TCS was the subject of a Bill Moyers Journal episode.TCS has also received coverage on Fox, Fox Business, CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC, as well local talk radio stations across the country. Our experts have been quoted thousands of times in major print media. For the past two years, we have been cited in 90 percent of the Top 100 newspapers in the United States.
We assist grassroots partners. TCS helps grassroots citizen groups fight boondoggles in their communities. We help them get media coverage and serve as their guide in the halls of power in Washington, D.C.
We engage the public. Through our research, website, and public outreach, we educate the public about government waste and provide opportunities for taxpayers to make their voices heard in Washington.