Boondoggle, by Pat Garofalo
This is a newsletter about corporations convincing city and state governments all over the country to give them billions of your taxpayer dollars every year.
Ever wondered how Amazon can get huge tax breaks for HQ2, why NFL teams receive public money for their stadiums, or why governments subsidize everything from hotels to Hollywood productions to ridiculous sporting goods stores in pyramids? This is the newsletter for you.
I not only break down how these bad deals happen, but explain why, and let you know what you can do to stop them.
Who am I?
Pat Garofalo, author of “The Billionaire Boondoggle: How Our Politicians Let Corporations and Bigwigs Steal Our Money and Jobs.” You can buy the book here.
I’m also director of state and local policy at the American Economic Liberties Project. Before that, I was managing editor at TalkPoverty.org, assistant managing editor for opinion at U.S. News & World Report and economic policy editor at ThinkProgress. I began covering economic policy during the 2008 financial crisis and Great Recession, and have written for many, many publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian, The Atlantic, and The Week.
Follow me on Twitter at @Pat_Garofalo.