Pat Garofalo

Pat Garofalo is the Director of State and Local Policy at the American Economic Liberties Project. Pat is the author of The Billionaire Boondoggle: How Our Politicians Let Corporations and Bigwigs Steal Our Money and Jobs. Prior to joining Economic Liberties, Pat served as managing editor for Talk Poverty at the Center for American Progress.

Previously, Pat was assistant managing editor for opinion at U.S. News & World Report and economic policy editor at ThinkProgress, and his work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, The Guardian, and The Week, among others.

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Latest Publications

Star-Ledger: Camden group hopes to expose the truth about corporate subsidies | Opinion

State and Local Policy

July 29, 2022 — In NJ Star-Ledger, Economic Liberties' Director of State & Local Policy Pat Garofalo details how a New Jersey town fought back against a harmful corporate subsidy agreement.

Ban Secret Deals: How Secret Corporate Subsidy Deals Harm Communities, and What to Do About It

State and Local Policy

July 28, 2022 — A joint report from the American Economic Liberties Project and Fight Corporate Monopolies, "Ban Secret Deals: How Secret Corporate Subsidy Deals Harm Communities, and What to Do About It," details the harmful nature of secretive “economic development” deals and provides local communities with tools to combat them.

Why the 21st Century Antitrust Act is Critical for New York Workers

LaborState and Local Policy

May 10, 2022 — The New Yorkers for a Fair Economy coalition released a report that reveals a striking correlation between declining wages within the warehouse and delivery industry and the growth of Amazon’s dominance in New York State.

Chicago Tribune: Pat Garofalo: Companies such as Amazon should stop demanding NDAs

State and Local Policy

February 10, 2022 — For the Chicago Tribune, Economic Liberties’ Director of State & Local Policy Pat Garofalo details the harms posed by the use of NDAs in economic development deals. Garofalo also urges Illinois lawmakers to ban the NDAs by passing the Honesty in Economic Development Act.

The Dirtiest Dozen: New York’s Worst Economic Development Deals

State and Local Policy

March 23, 2022 — "The Dirtiest Dozen," a paper written in partnership with Hedge Clippers, Little Sis, Public Accountability Initiative, New York Communities for Change, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, Strong Economy for All, and the Invest in Our New York coalition, catalogs 12 of New York state’s worst economic development deals.

New York SB 933A: Protecting Workers and Small Businesses from Dominant Corporations

Anti-Monopoly Policies & Enforcement

January 12, 2021 — We break down New York's 933A, legislation that, if passed, will provide New Yorkers with important new protections from the abuses of dominant corporations.