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When the 49ers play their home opener Sept. 14, they will christen their new home, Levi's Stadium, that drew $114 million in taxpayer support. For sacking taxpayers and improving their bottom line with public subsidies, the San Francisco 49ers win this week's Golden Hammer. (Associated Press)

Golden Hammer: Many NFL stadiums built on the backs of taxpayers

- The Washington Times

The start of a new professional football season Thursday night provided a stark reminder that taxpayers have contributed heavily to the success of the National Football League, with billions in subsidies for new stadiums and even more construction projects on the horizon.

The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse from TWT staff. (Golden Hammer cropped logo)

Taxpayer-funded film festivals showcase offensive content

- The Washington Times

A federal agency is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to support film festivals that showcase movies that some Americans might find offensive. Decapitated heads, public urination and sexual promiscuity are among the subjects explored on the big screen of events underwritten with U.S. taxpayers' money.

The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse from TWT staff.  (Golden Hammer cropped logo)

A Year in Review: $73B of fiscal waste identified for the taxpayer

- The Washington Times

This week marks the first anniversary of the Golden Hammer appearing in The Washington Times. We thought we’d take a step back and see what that’s meant for you, the taxpayer. After all the Golden Hammer has been awarded to more than two dozen federal agencies, offices, departments and organizations.

The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse from TWT staff. (Golden Hammer cropped logo)

Prison X-Ray machines fail to stop contraband

- The Washington Times

"Orange is the New Black" this isn't. In an attempt to stop the large amounts of contraband filtering their way into U.S. penitentiaries, the federal Bureau of Prisons decided to pick up some X-ray machines to improve security. But the machines have done little to cut down on smuggling.

The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse from TWT staff. (Golden Hammer cropped logo)

FEMA waste slows Katrina rebound

- The Washington Times

Nearly 10 years after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, some regions are still rebuilding. And nearly 10 years after the Federal Emergency Management Agency was accused of mismanaging aid for victims, investigators found the agency is still finding ways to waste taxpayers' money.

The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse from TWT staff. (Golden Hammer cropped logo)

Feds diverted funds from charity to massages, excessive travel, audits show

- The Washington Times

One of the most celebrated civic activities federal workers stage each year is the annual drive to donate parts of their paychecks to their favorite charities. But it turns out the much-celebrated Combined Federal Campaign has been plagued by misspending, lax oversight and abuse, with federal workers diverting money for massages, personal travel and other unauthorized expenses, according to internal audits.

The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse from TWT staff. (Golden Hammer cropped logo)

Golden Hammer: Sole-source watches save agency time, not money

- The Washington Times

Near the end of March, the Pentagon's Defense Logistics Agency put in an order for 1,656 wristwatches from electronics manufacturer Casio. But taxpayers won't know how much they cost, with one line on the order form suggesting the price was below $650,000, while another line indicating the price could have been as high as $12.5 million.