Golden Fleece Award
The Golden Fleece Award is presented to those public officials in the
United Stateswho the judges feel waste public money.
Established in 1975 by
William Proxmire, former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, and issued until 1988, it was revived by the Advisory Board of the Taxpayers for Common Sensein 2000. Its name is a tangential reference to the Order of the Golden Fleece, and a play on the transitive verb "to fleece", as in charging excessively for goods or services.
Award winners included:
Office of Educationfor spending $219,592 in a “curriculum package” to teach college students how to watch television.
National Science Foundationfor spending $84,000 on a study on love
Bureau of Land Management
NASA's SETIprogram for the scientific search for extraterrestrial civilizations, although he backpedaled after being visited by Dr Carl Sagan
United States Postal Servicefor spending over $3.4 million on a Madison Avenue ad campaign to make Americans write more letters to one another.
United States Congress
* The White House
United States Department of the Armyfor a 1981study on how to buy a bottle of Worcestershire sauce
United States Department of Labor
United States Department of the Interior
United States Department of Energy
National Park Service
Wisconsin Fleece Hall of Fame
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