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

What You Need to Know About the Interstate Compact Against Corporate Tax Giveaways

State and Local Policy

April 26, 2021 — “What You Need to Know About the Interstate Compact Against Corporate Tax Giveaways" explains how a recent interstate compact among 13 states could help end the use of corporate tax incentives that extract wealth from local communities.

Close to Home: How the Power of Facebook and Google Affects Local Communities

State and Local PolicyTech

August 31, 2020 — Authored by Pat Garofalo, "Close to Home" analyzes the ways Facebook and Google have harmed local businesses and destroyed local journalism, exposes the political strategies they use to extract subsidies from local communities, and details solutions – at both the federal and local level – to readjust the legal underpinning of this dangerous business model.

Understanding Amazon: Making the 21st-Century Gatekeeper Safe for Democracy


July 24, 2020 —“Understanding Amazon: Making the 21st-Century Gatekeeper Safe for Democracy" describes Amazon’s key lines of businesses, demystifies its unfair and abusive behavior, summarizes some of its most pernicious effects, and offers legislative and regulatory proposals to address Amazon’s interlocking harms.

The Guardian: Cuomo is Letting Billionaires Plan New York’s Future. It Doesn’t Have to be This Way

Anti-Monopoly Policies & EnforcementState and Local Policy

May 14, 2020 - Economic Liberties’ Pat Gorofolo and Zephyr Teachout published a piece in The Guardian that explains why state and local leaders should not let billionaires and corporations decide what the postvirus economy will look like.