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.


Apr 19, 2016

Freedom Partners Thanks Senator Shelby for Standing Against Corporate Welfare at the Ex-Im Bank

Arlington, VA — This week, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to U.S. Senator Richard Shelby thanking him for his continued stand against corporate welfare at the Export-Import Bank…

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Apr 11, 2016

Corporate Welfare in the FAA Reauthorization Bill

This week, the U.S. Senate is debating a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Unfortunately for taxpayers, the bill is loaded up with pork —  a.k.a. unrelated goodies…

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Mar 23, 2016

Congress Must Reject Using Aviation Bill to Pass Special Interest Tax Carve Outs

Election years are known in Washington for little legislating and lots of campaigning. As a result, there can be limited opportunities for lobbyists to get their favored projects and handouts passed into…

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Mar 09, 2016

Freedom Partners Releases New Video Highlighting Sanders, Corporate Welfare

Arlington, VA — Ahead of tonight’s Democratic debate, Freedom Partners is releasing a new video, “Across The Board,” which highlights Bernie Sanders’ recent comments regarding the corporate welfare-driven Export-Import Bank…

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