What a Waste

Below is a selection of our most recent reports on Wasteful Spending.


Solar Powered Beer

Who doesn’t love a cold beer on a hot summer’s day? The problem is that breweries are taking taxpayer money in order to maximize revenue… READ MORE


Piñata Appreciation Day

Following riots in Baltimore, the federal government decided it was worthwhile to award a $20,000 grant ““to support an apprenticeship program and a series of… READ MORE


Zombies in the White House

Sure there are zombies in our nation’s capital, but they are young interns and staffers who are trudging home after a long day’s work. Apparently… READ MORE



Humans have enough problems trying to interact with each other for us to be spending taxpayer money on the social interactions of guppies. A professor… READ MORE


Beer Koozie

A Koozie for your canned beverage is a staple at social events like tailgates, barbecues, and other assorted parties. But did you ever think about… READ MORE


Prada for your Pooch

Wondering where your taxes are going? Apparently to the dogs. The Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $210,000 to Maine Stitching Specialties. They are… READ MORE


Pizza Addiction

We all love a good slice of pizza, but apparently the National Institute on Drug Abuse thinks some Americans love it a bit too much.… READ MORE


Help a Hipster

5 Million dollars went to the “Help-a-Hipster” movement last year. Hipsters were handed cash at parties in exchange for making an effort to quit smoking.… READ MORE


Monkeys on Treadmills

The federal government quite literally invested in “Monkey Business” last year. Apparently stu ying the stress of Marmoset monkeys was worth a $1 million investment… READ MORE


Wine Class for Minors

The Washington State National Science Foundation received $850,000 to expand a winemaking program to high school students. The program is developed at paving a career… READ MORE


Nightclub on wheels

The Department of Homeland Security issued a $3 million grant to various bus companies to improve security. This sounds like a good idea, but large… READ MORE


Gravity testing on Sheep

In 2015, $1.2 million was used to test the effects of microgravity on sheep’s bone density. Previous studies had already confirmed that human bone density… READ MORE


Shrimp Fight club

Who even knew that shrimp could fight? Apparently the government did. In 2015, a $700,000 grant was used for a shrimp fight club. A student… READ MORE


Life-size Pac-man

A $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation was used to build a life-size Pac-man game on a basketball court. The goal was to… READ MORE