Sen. William Proxmire uncovers wasteful government spending, 1975-1987

Golden Fleece Awards, 1975-1987

In March 1975, Wisconsin Sen. William Proxmire sent out his first press release identifying wasteful government spending. He called these monthly  bulletins "Golden Fleece Awards" and they became a popular feature of his Senate tenure. Given here are digital copies of the Golden Fleece press releases, 1975-1987, from Sen. Proxmire's papers. In this digital version, each year opens with his summary of the 12 awards. A handful of the monthly press releases are missing and none have survived from 1984, which contains only the annual summary. The whole series is preceded by a 12-page list of all 159 awards compiled by WHS staff in 2010, and two undated compilations compiled by Sen. Proxmire's office.

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Creator: Proxmire, William
Pub Data: Scanned from original press releases found in Sen. Proxmire's papers (Wis Mss 738, Box 158, Folders 1-5).
Citation: Proxmire, William. Golden Fleece Awards, 1975-1987 (Wis Mss 738, Box 158, Folders 1-5). Online facsimile at Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 2/2/2023