Government Waste

Special Counsel Investigation Has Cost Taxpayers $25.2 Million

Mueller spends $8.4 million more in 5 months

The special counsel investigation into the 2016 election has cost taxpayers over $25 million and counting. Robert Mueller's office released its latest expenditures spanning from April 1, 2018, through Sept. 30, 2018, finding the special counsel racked up over $8.4 million in five months.

California Prisoners Got $3.5 Million from Social Security

Prisoners collected six-figure retirement payments while behind bars

Prisoners incarcerated in California took in $3.5 million in Social Security payments from taxpayers. The inspector general for the agency reported 123 inmates received the disability and retirement payments despite the Social Security Act prohibiting payments to individuals "confined to a jail, prison, or certain other public institutions for committing a crime."

McCaskill’s Husband Makes Millions Flipping Government Tax Credits

Husband used government program for poor to build own fortune

Since Claire McCaskill joined the Senate, her husband Joseph Shepard has made at least $11 million through a business that buys up tax credits awarded to Missouri affordable housing developers and sells them to high-income entities seeking tax relief.

Feds Spend $172K to Fight Distracted Pedestrians Via Phone Alerts

Alert will instruct crossing the street safely 'rather than engaging with mobile technology'

The National Institutes of Health is spending over $170,000 studying how to crack down on distracted pedestrians looking at their phones when crossing the street by sending people warning messages on their phones to look at while they cross the street.