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Drew Johnson

Drew Johnson

Drew Johnson is a columnist, editorial writer and government waste expert at The Washington Times. Mr. Johnson founded and served as president of Tennessee's free-market think tank, is the former opinion page editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press and serves a Senior Fellow at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance.

Articles by Drew Johnson

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 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. Published September 4, 2014

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

Taxpayer-funded film festivals showcase offensive content

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. Published August 14, 2014

Gilbert Stuart's 1804 portrait of Dolley Madison

JOHNSON: A first ladies boondoggle

If you're one of 318 million Americans who didn't manage to make it to the First Ladies National Historic Site in Canton, Ohio, last year, don't worry. Published July 5, 2014

Illustration on the Las Vegas Mob Museum boondoggle by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

JOHNSON: Building a Mob Museum with taxpayer money

Let's say you're a former attorney for the mafia. You miss your glory years when you worked in Las Vegas, surrounded by mobsters, call girls and dirty money. You want to build a museum that celebrates the mob lifestyle, notorious gangsters and even has a display dedicated to your efforts to make sure that some of the most violent and notorious villains in American history managed to evade prison time. There's just one problem: You don't have the money. Published June 20, 2014

Illustration on the benefits of worldwide obesity by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

JOHNSON: Obesity 'epidemic': It's no big, fat deal

A British medical journal announced a finding last month that might be the best news in the history of the world: Nearly one out of three people in the world is overweight. Published June 13, 2014