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Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

Citizens Against Government Waste, the conservative watchdog group, has been on a real tear against MCI/Worldcom. It has demanded that the company be prohibited from getting government contracts because of its past fraud. It issued another press release on the subject today. Maybe they’re right, maybe they’re wrong. But it does seem a little odd for a group concerned about government waste to be so zealous to keep a company from getting government contracts in cases when it is judged to be likely to provide the best value for the dollar. When I asked CAGW head Tom Schatz whether the organization took money from any of the company’s competitors a few months ago, he said, “We don’t talk about our supporters.”

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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