A recent report shows that many scandalized programs such as the stimulus, CDC, healthcare, etc. have been rebranded to have an even onerous effect. American Commitment has shown these programs have not only be funded but the rules changed so that much of the federal money ("grant money") being used by these "new" programs are used illegally for lobbying purposes.
"All of these programs use your federal tax dollars to raise your taxes and limit your freedom at the local levels. Specifically, they provide taxpayer-funded grants for television advertising, lobbying campaigns, and other activities aimed at raising taxes on soft drinks, imposing zoning restrictions on fast food restaurants, imposing smoking bans, and other nanny-state favorites."