Are US public stock traded corporations, like Intel or Google, forced by law to disclose how much they paid for buying companies and other assets?
How and who is allowed to access this information, if at all?
I know the accounts have to be audited and published to stockholders. However, what does the law say about the amount of detail here? Do stockholders get a total amount or an itemized list of amounts paid for buying companies, patents, real estate, and other assets?
Could they mud the picture using a proxy company for buying assets?