Category Archives: Bribery
Buying Influence: how the American Legislative Exchange Council uses corporate-funded “scholarships” to send lawmakers on trips with corporate lobbyists
DBA Press, Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) and Common Cause release report detailing national ALEC ‘scholarship fund’ spending Download Report. “Buying Influence: how the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) uses corporate-funded ‘scholarships’ to send lawmakers on trips with corporate … Continue reading →
FBI issues subpoenas linked to Florida Geo Group investigation By Beau Hodai DBA Press has obtained and archived all subpoenas issued by federal investigators pursuant to this investigation in both the Florida Legislature and with TEAM Santa Rosa. We have … Continue reading →
Over the first quarter of this year, lawmakers have largely turned to privatization as a solution for states in fiscal crisis. As such, DBA Press feels this may be an appropriate time to revisit the case of Hardin, Montana– the … Continue reading →
Newly minted U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) was sworn in on January 5 with unfinished business back home.
Rubio, as former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives (R-Miami, 2006-2008)—as well as other state GOP lawmakers and party contributors– are currently the likely subjects of multiple wide-ranging state and federal investigations conducted by the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) into improper use of credit cards issued by the Republican Party of Florida, as well as tax evasion and improper budgetary appropriations.
One such set of appropriations/legislative actions reportedly being investigated by federal authorities are those which led to the development of the state’s largest private prison, the Blackwater River Correctional Facility (CF), which opened its gates for operation in November. The prison was designed and is operated by Florida-based Geo Group, the nation’s second largest private prison operator.
This story tracks the activities of both Geo Group and Rubio economic consultant Donna Arduin through private prison development in Florida under Governor Charlie Crist and in California under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger– as well as some strange appearances with some strange bedfellows. Continue reading →