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Rick Scott, Mike Pence: When campaign fundraising met tax incentives for Scott’s company

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Two months after Florida Gov. Rick Scott helped then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence fundraise in Fort Lauderdale last year, Pence announced a $650,000 incentives package for a company owned in large part by Scott.
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Carlos Curbelo posts two-day haul of $50K in CD 26

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
Republican U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo raised more than $50,000 on Monday and Tuesday according to notices filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Curbelo brought in $7,000 on Monday, followed by another $44,195 on Tuesday, for a total of $51,195 in fundraising across the two days. Congressional candidates are required to report donations of $1,000 or more to the FEC within 48 hours.
Top donors included the National Restaurant Association PAC and the GEO Group, each giving $5,000, though Curbelo also received a $1,000 check Monday from Liz Cheney, the GOP candidate for Wyoming’s lone seat in the House and the daughter of former

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GEO Group says it’s not interested in Fla. reentry services

Friday, October 14th, 2016
Private prison operator The GEO Group says it has “no plans” to provide prisoner reentry services in Florida.
Spokesman Pablo E. Paez responded Friday to a FloridaPolitics.com report this week on nonprofit groups saying the Department of Corrections was shutting them out of continuing to help inmates and probationers readjust to life “outside the walls.”

Bridges of America CEO Lori Costantino-Brown and other nonprofit heads held a press conference Thursday in Tallahassee.
Costantino-Brown was asked about GEO Group’s annual report, which mentions the company’s “commitment to be the world’s leading provider of offender rehabilitation and community re-entry programs,” and whether the company was influencing the state’s decision making.
Costantino-Brown said she

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GEO Group says it’s not interested in Fla. reentry services

Friday, October 14th, 2016
Private prison operator The GEO Group says it has “no plans” to provide prisoner reentry services in Florida.
Spokesman Pablo E. Paez responded Friday to a FloridaPolitics.com report this week on nonprofit groups saying the Department of Corrections was shutting them out of continuing to help inmates and probationers readjust to life “outside the walls.”

Bridges of America CEO Lori Costantino-Brown and other nonprofit heads held a press conference Thursday in Tallahassee.
Costantino-Brown was asked about GEO Group’s annual report, which mentions the company’s “commitment to be the world’s leading provider of offender rehabilitation and community re-entry programs,” and whether the company was influencing the state’s decision making.
Costantino-Brown said she

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Fundraising slowed in NE Florida as Hurricane Matthew approached

Friday, October 14th, 2016
With Northeast Florida focused on the approach of Hurricane Matthew last week, fundraising for state level races and political committees slowed throughout the Jacksonville region.
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In House District 11, which includes the hard-hit areas of Jacksonville Beach and Nassau County, Republican Cord Byrd raised $2,000 from 2 PACs: the Florida Conservative Alliance and the Beer Distributors Committee.
Those donations were logged for Oct. 3, the Monday before the storm.
Byrd faces a write-in opponent; no Democrat is on the ballot in heavily Republican HD 11.
Byrd used that money to repay $2,500 of the $5,000 he loaned his campaign; he has roughly $4,300 on hand.
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Corrections says ‘we are not limiting services’ to inmates

Thursday, October 13th, 2016
A Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman Thursday said speculation about private prison operator The GEO Group muscling out nonprofits that run rehab and re-entry programs in the state “is false.”
Spokeswoman Michelle Glady responded to a FloridaPolitics.com report earlier in the day.
In a press conference, nonprofit heads said the department was shutting down programs that help ex-cons with drug abuse and other problems as they re-enter society, or as one advocate called it, “getting the prison out of the person.”
Bridges of America president and CEO Lori Constantino-Brown said its Orlando facility is the latest on the hit list.
She couldn’t say what was motivating the shutdowns other than

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Private prison firm GEO Group hires more lobbyists for D.C.

Thursday, October 13th, 2016
GEO Group, the Boca Raton-based private prison corporation, recently hired three lobbying firms in Washington D.C.
POLITICO Influence reports that this month, GEO brought on David Olander of Capitol Counsel for real estate investment trust tax issues; David Stewart and Ryan Robichaux of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings – former aides to Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions – to advocate on federal government use of contract correctional facilities; and the Scrivner Leon Group’s Michael Scrivner and Peter Leon for privately operated correctional facilities.
GEO previously retained Leo Aguirre and Da Vinci Group’s Mark Smith.
According to the GEO website, the company operations include the

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“No evidence” GEO Group behind prisoner rehab grab

Thursday, October 13th, 2016
The head of a nonprofit that runs prisoner reentry programs in the state said she had “no evidence” her group and others were being muscled out by private prison operator The GEO Group.
Lori Constantino-Brown, president and CEO of Orlando-based Bridges of America, held a press conference Thursday in Tallahassee with other care providers.
The Department of Corrections has been targeting Bridges in particular as it winds up outside transitional programs for the state’s inmates and probationers. Bridges’ Orlando facility is the latest on the hit list.
Constantino-Brown couldn’t say what was motivating the shutdowns other than a push to consolidate the state’s reentry

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OPINON: Private Prisons Turn 25, Why Do We Need Them At All?

Sunday, September 13th, 2015
Over the past year, MuckRock has been filing nationwide requests for the hard materials that connect the powers­ that ­be to their parasites.
It’s as much about what we can know as what we can’t know. And it requires putting money behind requests and feet on the ground.
That’s why MuckRock took the opportunity to launch its first project page with the Private Prison Project – a place to gather, contextualize, and follow the requests and stories that will help provide the data and dirt to have a real conversation.
Private Prisons in America Are Turning 25 Years Old
Winn Correctional Center opened its doors 25

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