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.

Michigan City Should Back Off Taxpayer-Backed Broadband Plan

 

Even though it’s jam-packed with internet options, Traverse City, Michigan, wants to use millions in taxpayer money to build its own broadband network. It’s a foolish plan for a number of reasons, from the plethora of existing competition to the evolution in which internet will be delivered in the future. Traverse City Light & Power, […]

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Should the WSOP Go Old School?

 

Five-Card Stud or Mixed Doubles, anyone? The history of the World Series of Poker is littered with bygone events — some games that are practically prehistoric by current standards. As we await the announcement of the 2019 WSOP schedule, let’s look at some of the events the series used to have that haven’t been played […]

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Obamacare Customers Keep $1B in Unwarranted Subsidies

 

Customers of Obamacare received nearly $4 billion in unwarranted subsidies in 2018, and the IRS can’t even recoup some of that due to the manner in which the law is written. The inspector general for the Treasury Department said that only $2.7 billion of $3.7 billion in subsidy overages have been recaptured by the IRS. […]

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As Chinese Economy Falters, Push for More Tariffs Likely

 

As reports out of China indicate economic turmoil, a top American trade adviser says the U.S. should press on with additional tariffs to get meaningful concessions from that country. The New York Times reports that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will push President Trump for more tariffs on Chinese imports. Lighthizer is taking the reins […]

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Rising Student Debt Increases Concerns of Default

 

American student loan debt has reached the Everest heights of $1.465 trillion, but it will be U.S. taxpayers on the hook when many of those debt holders default on that borrowing. Bloomberg recently analyzed student loan securitization data, finding that fiscal risks continue to rise as the debt grows, making it more difficult for former […]

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After Defense Flunks Audit, What Next?

 

They say that a room full of monkeys banging on typewriters for an infinite amount of time can churn out a work of Shakespeare, but 1,200 auditors closely examining the Department of Defense’s (DOD) books can’t miraculously make the bloated federal department pass an audit. The first-ever comprehensive audit of DOD and its $2.7 trillion […]

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GAO: State Budget Outlooks Are Grim

 

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) predicts a stormy fiscal future for state and local governments, with expenses expected to outpace revenues during the next five decades. The GAO report released Dec. 13 said that both expenditures and revenues are likely to increase as a percentage of gross domestic product, but the money going out […]

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FCC Says LOL to California Text Tax

 

California regulators are giving up on their misguided effort to tax text messages. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) said the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) move last week to classify text messages as an information service rather than a telecommunications service would require it to cancel its vote on the text tax. That’s because California […]

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Michigan Enacts Forward-Thinking Reform to Help 5G Growth

 

Michigan recently became the 21st state to enact legislation targeting the growth of 5G wireless, a technology that is expected to be more than 100 times faster than 4G. Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder signed SB 637, a bill to reform how governments handle applications for the small cells needed for the new technology. Instead […]

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Good News, Bad News in China Tiff

 

More positive news has arisen for the U.S. in its trade war with China, even as other developments cloud the situation. A new report says that China is shelving its Made in 2025 economic plan, an aggressive track that would push for Chinese dominance in areas such as manufacturing and technology. Much like President Trump’s […]

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