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U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., joins 'Fox & Friends' to open voting in his third annual #Egregious8 tournament, and to unveil WasteLine, Flake’s new initiative to solicit tips on potential government waste. Tips can be left by calling (202) 224-4521 and then pressing 6 or online by clicking the WasteLine icon at

The March Madness-inspired #Egregious8 tournament is the yearly culmination of Flake's ongoing effort to highlight egregious and unnecessary federal spending through his oversight reports – Wastebook: The Farce Awakens, Jurassic Pork and Tackling Paid Patriotism – and his regularly recurring #PorkChops series.

While some projects and practices targeted by Flake in the past year have since been addressed – including eliminating millions of dollars for paid patriotism and freeing billions of dollars tied to old transportation earmarks – others continue to waste taxpayer dollars.

The 2016 #Egregious8 pits eight of those items – including a $707,000 shrimp fight club, a $5 million grant including tailgate packages, and a $2 million effort to build jazz-playing robots – against each other and allow the public vote to advance the project they consider to be the most egregious waste of their tax dollars.

First round votes can be cast now on Flake’s #Egregious8 webpage, official Facebook page, and on Twitter using #Egregious8.