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How for-profit prisons have become the biggest lobby no one is talking about

Nearly two-thirds of private prison contracts mandate that state and local governments maintain a certain occupancy rate – usually 90 percent – or require taxpayers to pay for empty beds.

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Sen. Marco Rubio is one of the biggest beneficiaries.

(Benjamin C. Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Several industries have become notorious for the millions they spend on influencing legislation and getting friendly candidates into office: Big Oil, Big Pharma and the gun lobby among them. But one has managed to quickly build influence with comparatively little scrutiny: Private prisons. The two largest for-profit prison companies in the United States – GEO and Corrections Corporation of America – and their associates have funneled more than $10 million to candidates since 1989 and have spent nearly $25 million on lobbying efforts.

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  1. Pingback: AMERIKA: How for-Profit Prisons Have Become the Biggest Lobby no One is Talking About | RIELPOLITIK

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