Private Prison Companies Pumped Record Amounts Of Money Into 2018 Elections, Especially Florida Republicans
The Center for Responsive Politics reports that private prison companies pumped $1.6 million into the 2018 midterm election in an effort to elect candidates who the support mass incarceration of Americans.
The Florida-based GEO Group — which manages 129 prisons, immigration detention centers, and youth facilities nationwide — donated $1.2 million to Florida candidates and causes, reports the Tampa Bay Times.
GEO donated $100,000 to a political action committee supporting Ron DeSantis, and GEO’s CEO George Zoley donated more than $100,000.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum refused prison industry contributions, and said private prisons “should not exist” and “ought to be illegal.”
GEO also donated at least $45,000 to Republican Ashley Moody, who won the election for state attorney general, reported the Tampa Bay Times.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that a GEO subsidiary, Zoley, and his family donated an additional $200,000 to PAC committees supporting Republican Gov. Rick Scott in his run for the U.S. Senate.
(Sources: Center for Responsive Politics, Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Bay Times, FriendsOfRonDesantis.com, Dream Defenders/YouTube, Prison Policy Initiative, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Photo Credit: The GEO Group/Twitter)