Johnny Kampis

Johnny Kampis is a content editor and staff writer at Watchdog.org. Johnny previously worked in the newspaper industry and as a freelance writer, and 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.

The FDA’s Farm Failure

 

Under the leadership of Scott Gottlieb, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the potential to embrace innovation and shed its reputation of being a slow-moving, politically manipulated agency. But there are problems that need to be addressed. For example, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the FDA can’t enforce its own rule on […]

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A New Transparency in Illinois?

 

Despite all of the world’s information available at the tip of their fingertips, taxpayers are still completely in the dark about the sorry state of Illinois’ finances. Overdue bills are rapidly accruing due to processing delays and a lack in appropriation, yet simple month-to-month statistics on interest and penalty payments are held from the public. […]

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It Can Be Done: Taxpayers Don’t Have to Fund Every Private Venture

 

Las Vegas Walk past the water flowing over marble walls, cone-shaped sculptures and various eateries in The Park between the New York-New York and Monte Carlo casino hotels and you’ll reach T-Mobile Arena, which on a recent June day was preparing for a Queen and Adam Lambert concert, with Iron Maiden coming up in a […]

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A Home Away From Home for Visiting Teams?

 

Las Vegas Anthony Perry strolls along Tropicana Avenue on a sunny Sunday morning in June. The Memphis resident isn’t particularly fazed by the plans to bring the National Football League (NFL) Raiders to town, opining that the addition of an NFL team to a city like his would be much more impactful than adding professional […]

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Expanding an Empty Monorail

 

Las Vegas The platform at the Las Vegas Monorail station at SLS Casino is practically empty around 11 a.m. on a blistering hot June day, the thermostat reaching above 110. The next train arrives and a handful of tourists step aboard the air-conditioned car for the $5 ride. The train snakes behind the famed buildings […]

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Driving to the Game Will Be a Gamble

 

Las Vegas If you build it, they will come, but will they have a place to park? That’s the conundrum now facing the future Las Vegas Raiders as they figure out the logistics of their new home, Las Vegas Stadium. The Raiders will get to use the land rent free per the law passed by […]

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Las Vegas Raids the Taxpayer to Bring in the Raiders

 

Las Vegas Beer bottles, discarded torn clothing and other debris dot the landscape at the corner of Russell Road and Dean Martin Drive. In the distance, to the northeast, the Strip looms — a pyramid, a castle, a faux Empire State Building. Behind the chain-link fence looms open desert covered in patches by ground-covering shrubs. […]

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Report: Taxpayer-Funded Broadband a Resounding Failure

 

The first comprehensive study on the financial viability of government-owned broadband networks in the U.S. found that just two of the 20 networks examined are expected to generate enough revenue during the life of the networks to recoup the money that taxpayers or ratepayers forked over to pay for the construction. “Municipal Fiber in the […]

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Should Drug Counterfeiters Continue to Get Off Easy?

 

New bipartisan legislation in Congress seeks to increase the penalties for counterfeiting drugs to match the penalties for diversion, i.e., the illegal reimporting of drugs intended for sale in another country. The bill argues the current disparity in consumer protections allows criminal enterprises to exploit loopholes in the law without fear of significant jail time. […]

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Google Fiber Moves Toward Wireless, Leaving Taxpayers in the Lurch

 

Google Fiber’s recent announcement to potential customers in Kansas City that they won’t be served is part of a trend by the tech behemoth of pulling away from its fiber broadband business. And the biggest insult is that much of that business grew thanks to governmental concessions and taxpayer handouts. KSHB in Kansas City recently […]

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