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.

You can reach Pat at pgarofalo@economicliberties.us.

Latest Publications

Syracuse.com: Upstate-Crouse merger needs more scrutiny, not less | Opinion

HealthcareState and Local Policy

August 31, 2022 — In an op-ed for Syracuse.com, Economic Liberties' Director of State & Local Policy Pat Garofalo discusses the latest hospital merger moving through Syracuse and makes the case for why "New York regulators and lawmakers should not only reject this deal, but repeal the underlying legislation that could make it so damaging."

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.

Tools for Reforming Antitrust Policy: A Guide for State Lawmakers to Challenge Corporate Power

State and Local Policy

September 13, 2022 — “Reforming Antitrust Policy to Challenge Corporate Power: A Guide for State Lawmakers" lays out several ways for state governments and enforcers to decentralize economic power and redistribute that power to communities and create an inclusive, robust democracy.

Tools for Taking on Big Tech’s Economic Power: A Guide for State Lawmakers

State and Local PolicyTech

September 13, 2022 (updated) — “Tools for Taking on Big Tech’s Economic Power: A Guide for State Lawmakers" examines the problems harms posed by Big Tech, outlines potential policy solutions for state lawmakers, and explains how they can respond to critiques – both legitimate and not – from those invested in the status quo.

Tools for Taking On the Corporate Subsidy Machine: A Guide for State Lawmakers

State and Local Policy

September 13, 2022 — "Tools for Taking On the Corporate Subsidy Machine: A Guide for State Lawmakers" serves as a how-to-guide for state and local lawmakers to reform and rework corporate subsidy programs so that they are more transparent, better serve their communities, and don’t entrench dominant corporations.

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.