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May 25, 2010

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Andrew Brod

Ed, your post is consistent with a comment I made on the N&R's editorial today about the supposed altruism of AmEx in refusing incentives. I noted that incentives often come with certain reporting requirements. If AmEx didn't want to disclose the required information, or more to the point if the potential cost of disclosure were high, it'd be rational--not altruistic--for AmEx to refuse the incentives. Your post suggests that my random speculation might be on the money.

Ed Cone

Remember what happened when Google tried to combine data-center secrecy and incentives: "Google leaned hard on North Carolina lawmakers and officials, not just to get the fattest deal possible but to choke off the flow of information along the way."

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