Taxpayers for Common Sense

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Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS) is a nonpartisan federal budget watchdog organization based in Washington, D.C. in the United States. TCS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; its 501(c)(4) affiliate is Taxpayers for Common Sense Action (TCS Action). The current president of TCS is Ryan Alexander. Founded in 1995 by Jill Lancelot and Rafael DeGennaro, TCS works to ensure that the federal government spends taxpayer money efficiently and responsibly.

TCS creates complete databases of the earmarks that appear in Congressional spending bills. TCS is credited with labeling the Gravina Island Bridge proposal in Ketchikan, Alaska as the "Bridge to Nowhere."[1]

In 2012, TCS called for $700 billion in defense cuts.[2]


  1. ^ William Safire (October 8, 2006). "Bridge to Nowhere". New York Times.
  2. ^ "Start Cutting Government Spending With the Defense Budget."

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