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The owner of http://www.savethetrails.us/ Chris Horgan will be joining us to tell us about the latest in closing off public land to the American people. In 2005, 7,794 payments were made from the Judgment Fund for a total of $1,074,131,007. In 2006, the federal government made 8,736 payments from the Judgment Fund for $697,968,132. In only the first half of fiscal year 2007, the federal government made 6,595 payments from the Judgment Fund for $1,062,387,142. In total, $4,716,264,730.00 (that is billion with a "b") in total payments were paid in taxpayer dollars from the Judgment Fund from 2003 through July 2007 for attorney fees and costs in cases against the federal government. The second major source of payments to "winning" litigants against the federal government is the Equal Access to Justice Act ("EAJA"). EAJA funds are taken from the "losing" federal agencies’ budget. Thus, for example, the attorneys fees paid under EAJA come from the "losing" BLM office’s budget. That is money that could be used for range monitoring, NEPA compliance, timber projects, archeology and cultural clearances and other agency programs. Within the federal government, there is no central data system or tracking of these payments from the agency’s budgets.

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