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
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