Johnny Kampis

Johnny Kampis is investigative reporter for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation. Previously he was a content editor and staff writer at Watchdog.org, and before that worked in the newspaper industry and as a freelance writer. He has been published in the New York Times, Time.com, FoxNews.com and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

He has won about a dozen awards for his reporting, and his investigation into voter fraud in west Alabama helped contribute to the overturning of a mayoral election. Kampis has won awards for Freedom of Information and In-Depth News Reporting. He previously worked for the Tuscaloosa News and the Decatur Daily.

An avid poker player, Kampis is writing a book documenting the poker scene at the 2016 World Series of Poker, a decade after the peak of the poker boom. You can follow him on Twitter @TuscaloosaJohn or reach him via email at jkampis@watchdog.org.

Greenspan Chides Trump Tariffs as ‘Insane’

 

As indications arise that President Trump may be softening on his tariff stance with China, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan called his duty policies “insane.” While at an event at New York University last Wednesday, Bloomberg reported, Greenspan fielded a question about the tariffs with China, saying no one really wins when there’s a […]

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USPS: We Deliver…Massive Financial Losses

 

As the United States Postal Service (USPS) posts record financial losses, American consumers will face record postage increases in 2019 to help offset the problems. The USPS reported last week that it lost $3.9 billion this past fiscal year, a $1 billion jump from its losses in 2017. The postal service continues to hemorrhage money, […]

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A Game of Lame-Duck ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

 

Some good-government advocates are calling on the lame-duck  Congress to do the bare minimum until January, while others say the GOP should press its advantage before the 116th Congress comes calling. Why the call for sloth? This lame-duck Congress has 70 members who will leave office in two months, providing little to no accountability for […]

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National Debt Payments to See Big Jump

 

Spending on America’s debt service is about to see a big jump, according to projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). In fact, the amount of money needed to pay down the national debt in the next two years is expected to grow nearly three times as fast as spending on national defense, which is […]

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Poker Provides Unique Backing Opportunities

 

One of the cooler aspects of live poker is the chance to sit with celebrities, as people from all walks of life enjoy the hobby, and as long as you’ve got the money you can play in the same games. Over the years, I’ve played with an eclectic mix, from one of the OG UFC […]

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Critics Skeptical of U.S.-China Trade Deal

 

President Trump said his aides are drafting ideas for an agreement with China that could end or at least help alleviate the trade war brewing between the two countries. “We’ll make a deal with China, and I think it will be a very fair deal for everybody, but it will be a good deal for […]

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Debt on Voters’ Minds

 

A recent poll said the rising debt in the U.S. could sway voters at the ballot box on Tuesday as residents seek candidates who will be responsible with taxpayer money. The Peter G. Peterson Foundation, which advocates for fiscal responsibility in government, said it found that 70 percent of voters agree the debt — which […]

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Finances of Major U.S. Cities Aren’t Pretty

 

A fiscal watchdog examined the state of finances in the three largest cities in the United States and the results aren’t pretty. Chicago-based Truth in Accounting (TIA) released the results of studies of its home city, as well as New York and Los Angeles, last week ahead of its annual report on the finances of […]

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California Just Admitted the Internet Isn’t in Jeopardy

 

It would seem California doesn’t think the internet is quite as in jeopardy as it would have had us previously believe. The state agreed not to enforce its new “net neutrality” law pending the resolution of appeals of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which passed last December. That federal order removed […]

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Withdrawal from Postal Union Will Benefit Americans

 

The leftist tech media is trying to frame President Trump’s plan to withdraw from the Universal Postal Union (UPU) as a negative for consumers when the goal is to stop postal subsidies that are harming American businesses. “Trump Is Trying To Screw Up Your Cheap International Shipping,” proclaims a recent click-bait headline from Gizmodo. Trump […]

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