“And that's why the work of CAGW is so vital - vital in the battle against budget deficits and vital to the strength and resiliency of the democratic system and public confidence in our government.” - Ronald Reagan

Financial Information

The financial information presented here represents the combined results for Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) and the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) for the year ended December 31, 2014, and is extracted from financial statements audited by independent accountants.

CAGW and CCAGW operate on a combined budget of approximately $4 million. Neither organization accepts government support. CAGW and CCAGW accept contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations, and other organizations consistent with their mission to uncover, publicize, and eliminate government waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.  Since their inception in 1984, CAGW and CCAGW have engaged in a wide range of activities that have helped save taxpayers more than $1.4 trillion.


In 2014, 69 percent of the organizations' combined income came from individual contributors, while foundation and corporate contributors accounted for 31 percent.


CAGW's and CCAGW's program expenses on public education, research, and lobbying absorbed 69 percent of expenditures in 2014.  Fundraising accounted for 20 percent of expenses, and management 11 percent.

Contributions to CAGW are tax-deductible under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. CCAGW is a 501(c)(4) organization; therefore, contributions are not tax-deductible. Audited financial statements and IRS Form 990s are available upon request from membership@cagw.org.

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CAGW Names Sen. Dick Durbin January Porker of the Month

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Sen.