GE's "fierce lobbying for tax breaks" pays off with the Obama administration

So much for the notion that companies support the free market. Will this come back to haunt the Obama administration?

The results of GE’s tight relationship with the Obama administration are starting to show.

The company’s CEO, Jeffrey Immelt, went from being an Obama ally on green energy to being one of his top outside advisers on the economy in the last two years.

In the process, The New York Times reports, GE had one of its best years in 2010, in part by getting a huge tax benefit from Uncle Sam.

Last year, the company paid nothing to the government. Instead, the government paid GE $3.2 billion in tax breaks.

Its extraordinary success is based on an aggressive strategy that mixes fierce lobbying for tax breaks and innovative accounting that enables it to concentrate its profits offshore,” according to The Times. . . .

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Blogger Chas said...

Markie Marxist sez: "Fierce lobbying? It's more like capitalist Immelt is queer for communism, and maybe for Obama too. They do seem to be in bed together, don't they! Ha! Ha! All your capitalists are belong to us! At least some of them, anyway."

3/27/2011 8:09 AM  

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