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Sharyl Attkisson

As the economy tanked, some Fortune 500 firms raked in huge profits, all while benefiting from government tax breaks.

The new report is from the left-leaning U.S. Public Interest Research Group and Citizens for Tax Justice. They highlight companies they call "especially aggressive at dodging taxes and lobbying Congress: the Dirty Thirty."

"The fact that the dirty 30 corporations that we identify here were able to literally spend more money lobbying Congress than they did in taxes really makes a mockery of both our tax code and our democracy," Dan Smith of the Public Interest Research Group said.

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