Federal Subsidies

Subsidies are direct payments that the government hands out to select communities, industries, businesses and individuals.

They prop up a particular economic activity or sector over their competitors.

These handouts take a number of forms, from payments to mega-farms to payments to airline carriers for flights that no one want—to a hundred other examples.

Unsurprisingly, these subsidies usually go to the wealthy or well-connected, even when they’re supposed to go to the needy. For example, the Community Development Block Grant program was developed to support low-income individuals and address immediate threats to community welfare where "no local funding is available."

In 2012, however, none of the nation’s 10 poorest counties received any funding through the program. Eight of the 10 richest counties did—two of which, not surprisingly, are adjacent to the Washington, D.C. city limit with easy access to Capitol Hill.

That's unjust. Politicians and bureaucrats have no business picking the economy's winners and losers—only consumers have that right.


Dec 05, 2016

Ex-Im Rider Would be an Early Christmas for Lobbyists and Special Interests

Obama Administration Trying to Unleash Billions in Corporate Welfare Before Next President Takes Office Arlington, VA – With government funding set to expire at the end of this week, Congress is currently working…

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Nov 21, 2016

Congress is Right About Protecting Taxpayers in Lame Duck, Addressing Key Issues In 2017

Freedom Partners, Americans for Prosperity, and Coalition Allies Identify Main Priorities for Working With New Congress and Administration With the regular budget and appropriations process falling apart this year, Congress again needed…

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Nov 08, 2016

Cronyism Watch: Export-Import Bank

The Export-Import Bank is back in the news, and it’s not good news. Ex-Im watcher Timothy P. Carney of the Washington Examiner recently reported that “Three top President Obama…

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Oct 27, 2016

Billions of Dollars in Tax Giveaways Are Expiring – Let Them

Congress has the opportunity to give taxpayers a holiday season gift this year-billions of dollars in savings—and all without doing a thing. At the end of the year, dozens of…

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Oct 18, 2016

Congress Should End Corporate Welfare for Biodiesel

It’s no secret that America’s tax code is riddled with carve-outs for special interests. But now we’re also learning that such corporate welfare allows fraud to flourish—at…

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Oct 04, 2016

Majority of Americans Oppose Obamacare Bailouts

Freedom Partners has released a new national survey showing a strong majority of Americans oppose having their hard-earned tax dollars used to bail out large health insurance companies that have lost…

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Oct 03, 2016

Corporate Welfare for Solar Companies Results in Wasted Tax Dollars

Washington’s power to pick winners and losers was recently on full display.    The Wall Street Journal…

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Sep 27, 2016

Blue Cross Blue Shield Realty Check

Download PDF Version Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) has been circulating on Capitol Hill a memo purporting to set the record straight with “facts” about the Transitional Reinsurance Program. Unfortunately, BCBS doesn…

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Jul 20, 2016

Corporate Welfare Spending Alert!

Last week a congressional committee responsible for funding government programs passed an amendment that, if enacted into law, would make it easier for the U.S. Export-Import Bank to authorize billions…

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Jul 12, 2016

Opening the Floodgates to Corporate Welfare

Arlington, VA — Today the House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment to the FY 2017 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill that, if passed into law, would open the floodgates to billions of…

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