David Sirota (International Business Times)- Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is preparing potentially lucrative tax and subsidy incentives for retail giant Amazon.com, at the same time his office is employing — and being advised by — Amazon’s lobbying firm.
Federal records reviewed by International Business Times show that at the beginning of 2017, Amazon hired Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck to lobby for the company. A few weeks later, Hickenlooper’s office awarded a $210,000 taxpayer-funded government lobbying contract to Brownstein Hyatt, after the firm helped bankroll Hickenlooper’s election campaign. Brownstein’s then-shareholder and government relations and public policy manager became Hickenlooper’s chief of staff.
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