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Clinton Accepted $$ From Private Prison Companies/Lobbyists

- November 13, 2015

Clinton Spoke Out Against Corporate Prisons During A Campaign Speech In May 2015 In Las Vegas: "That's Not The Way We Should Be Running Any Detention Facility." " 'I'm not sure a lot of Americans know that a lot of the detention facilities for immigrants are run by private companies,' Clinton said. 'They have a built-in incentive to fill them up, that there is actually a legal requirement that so many beds be filled. So people go out and round up people in order to get paid on a per-bed basis. I mean that just makes no sense at all to me. That's not the way we should be running any detention facility.'" (Tierney Sneed, "Clinton Criticizes Immigrant Detention Under Obama," U.S. News & World Report , 5/23/15)

A Month After Clinton Spoke Out Against Private Prisons, She Hired One Of Their Lobbyists And Accepted Their Money

In June 2015 Clinton's Campaign Hired Prominent Lobbyist Jeffrey Berman Who Has Lobbied For America's Second Largest Corporate Prison Company, Geo Group. " 'Hillary Clinton has hired a former lobbyist for the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline,' The New Republic's Rebecca Leber wrote last month, 'further upsetting environmentalists who have long been wary of her commitment to fighting climate change.' Berman worked for a host of other corporate clients during his years at Bryan Cave, which he left earlier this year to set up his own public affairs shop. According to the Senate's lobbying disclosure database, Berman influence-peddled for SeaWorld, Gogo (the inflight wifi company formerly known as Aircell), the GEO Group(America's second-largest private prison corporation), and FedEx." (Patrick Caldwell, "Clinton's Top Aides Have Lobbied For Companies Liberals Despise,"Mother Jones , 7/8/15)

Clinton Has Accepted Campaign Contributions Tied To Lobbyists From Two Corporate Prison Companies: Correctional Corporation Of America And The Geo Group. "[Advocacy Group] United We Dream… asked Clinton to drop donations from lobbyists tied to Corrections Corporation of America and the Geo Group, two private prison organizations. 'You say you stand w/ immigrants yet take money from corporations that profit off our incarceration,' Jassiel Perez, an organizer for the group, tweeted after the protest." (Dan Merica, "Immigration Group's Protester Heckles Hillary Clinton," CNN, 10/8/15)

As Recently As The Fourth Quarter Of 2015, Clinton's Bundler Lobbyist Richard Sullivan Was Lobbying For The Private Prison Corporation Geo Group's BI Inc And Bringing In Money To Clinton's Campaign

Clinton Is Still Talking In "Large Sums Gathered By At Least One Prominent Lobbyist For The Prison Industry. "However, Clinton's campaign is still taking in much larger sums gathered by at least one prominent lobbyist for the prison industry." (Josh Gerstein, "Clinton Campaign Gives Private Prison Lobbyist Cash To Charity,"Politico , 2/1/16)

Hillary For America "Continues To Benefit Handsomely From The Fundraising Assistance" Of Richard Sullivan, A "Federally Registered Lobbyist For The For Profit Prison Operator GEO-Group." "Despite the refunds, Clinton campaign continues to benefit handsomely from the fundraising assistance of some closely connected to the private prison business. In another report filed Sunday night, the campaign disclosed that Richard Sullivan of Capitol Counsel-a Raleigh, N.C.-based federally registered lobbyist for the for-profit prison operator GEO Group-bundled $69,363 in donations for Clinton in the fourth quarter, bringing his total for the year to a whopping $274,891." (Josh Gerstein, "Clinton Campaign Gives Private Prison Lobbyist Cash To Charity,"Politico , 2/1/16)

Clinton Bundler Richard Sullivan Is A Registered Lobbyist For Private Prison Corporation Geo Group. "Richard Sullivan, of the lobbying firm Capitol Counsel, is a bundler for the Clinton campaign, bringing in $44,859 in contributions in a few short months. Sullivan is also a registered lobbyist for the Geo Group, a company that operates a number of jails, including immigrant detention centers, for profit." (Lee Fang, "Private Prison Lobbyists Are Raising Cash For Hillary Clinton," The Intercept, 7/23/15)

As Recently As the Fourth Quarter Of 2015, Richard Sullivan Was Lobbying For Geo Group’s BI Inc. (Query The Lobbying Disclosure Act Database, The United States Senate, Accessed 7/26/16)

Five Clinton Bundlers Lobbied For Corrections Corporation Of America. "Five Clinton bundlers work for the lobbying and law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private prison company in America, paid Akin Gump $240,000 in lobbying fees last year. The firm also serves as a law firm for the prison giant, representing the company in court." (Lee Fang, "Private Prison Lobbyists Are Raising Cash For Hillary Clinton," The Intercept, 7/23/15)


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