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Quid pro Status Quo: ALEC and State-Sanctioned Corruption in Ohio By Beau Hodai, May, 2012 Download report in PDF format View source materials directory for this article Part 1: Legislative Service with a Smile “Quid pro quo: something given or … Continue reading →
Publicopoly: ALEC and the bid to make private all that is public By Beau Hodai, July 11, 2011 “An exhaustive DBA Press analysis of thousands of pages of documents obtained through public records requests over the past several months has … 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 →