Graham has consistently supported legislation and worked with fellow South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint to rein in spending and bring transparency to the issue of earmarking, the congressional practice where million dollar projects are added to spending bills without appropriate oversight and authorization.
The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) has honored Graham as a Taxpayer Hero. CCAGW President Tom Schatz said, "Senator Graham puts the national interest ahead of the special interests. ...Senator Graham thinks beyond the next election. ...Thanks to leaders like Senator Graham, taxpayers have a fighting chance and will continue to score victories."