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Supreme Court ruling may let big business hide what it does with public money

By Karl Olson
San Francisco Chronicle
March 25, 2020

The government seems poised, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic disaster, to bail out big businesses and assist small businesses. One resulting question arises: Will taxpayers be able to figure out how the money given to big businesses gets used? The answer: Maybe not, given a ruling last year by the John Roberts Supreme Court.

The high court last year made it easy for defense contractors and other Fortune 500 companies to hide what they do with billions of dollars of government money.

The ruling, in the case Food Marketing Institute vs. Argus-Leader Media, was a cause for rejoicing and celebration for the Fortune 500. But it delivered nothing to taxpayers, consumers, small businesses, government watchdogs and the news media.

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