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Resource ID: #28794
Subject: Tax Breaks
Source: Laura Mahoney, Jasmine Han, Christina Brady, Bernie Kohn, Jeff Harrington, John Dunbar, Jonathan Hurtarte
Affiliation: Bloomberg
Date: February – April 2019; May 8, 2019; June 13, 2019; October 3, 2019; December 18, 2019



Reporter Laura Mahoney, along with data journalists Jasmine Han and Christina Brady, combed through thousands of documents, persisting through non-responsiveness to record requests, to show that California cities have negotiated little-disclosed deals to kick back tens of millions of dollars in local sales-tax collections to tech and e-commerce giants including Apple and Best Buy. She also found that one well-connected lawyer was brokering deals for the companies and cutting himself a portion of the proceeds from some deals while also advising the cities on their tax policies, in apparent violation of California law.

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