Dan_Smith Tax and budget associate, U.S. Public Interest Research Group

Dan Smith is a tax and budget associate for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG). He organizes support both inside and outside of Congress to end special-interest giveaways, increase budget transparency and accountability, eliminate waste, ensure that subsidies and tax breaks serve the public, and close corporate tax loopholes. Based in Washington, D.C., he lobbies elected officials, analyzes policy, and works with the media to promote fiscal policies that serve the public interest.

Smith co-authored a report with the National Taxpayers Union that put forth 56 specific deficit reduction recommendations, adding up to over $1 trillion in taxpayer savings that garner support from across the political spectrum. His expertise ranges from the corporate abuse of tax havens to the benefits of high-speed rail, and his opinions have appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, Bloomberg, and other publications.

Smith received a BA in Government with honors from Cornell University.

You can follow him on twitter @USPIRG