CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A veteran lobbyist got two bites of the proverbial apple for his role in helping to lure tech giant Apple Inc. to northern Nevada.

The Las Vegas Sun reports Greg Ferraro represented Apple and was an intricate player in putting together meetings between company representatives and state and local officials during negotiations that netted the company $89 million in tax abatements.

A close friend of Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, the newspaper reports Ferraro also has a $200-an-hour public relations contract with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the agency that negotiated the Apple deal.

Economic Development Director Steve Hill says Ferraro was not involved in setting terms of the deal, and Ferraro says he doesn’t believe his relationship with both sides presented a conflict.

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