Marco Rubio

Feb 9, 2016
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Huffington Post

Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton Accepted Almost the Same Amount of Prison Lobbyist Donations

One little-known fact this year is that Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio have benefited from prison lobbyist money. In fact, they've taken almost the same amount of contributions from major prison lobbyists. Clinton's campaign has received $133,246 while Rubio's campaign accepted $133,450 from the prison lobby.

According to a Vice News piece titled How Private Prisons Are Profiting From Locking Up US Immigrants, Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio have taken virtually the same amount of donations from the two most influential prison lobbyists in the U.S.:

VICE reviewed federal campaign disclosures and found that lobbying firms linked to GEO and CCA have already contributed more than $288,300 to three of the leading candidates.

Clinton's Ready for Hillary PAC received $133,246 from lobbying firms linked to GEO and CCA. Rubio's PACs and campaign have taken a total of $133,450 from private prison companies or groups that lobby on their behalf. Bush's campaign and his Right to Rise Super PAC have received $21,700 from lobbying groups affiliated with GEO and CCA.

"These companies are investing their money for a reason," said Bob Libal, the executive director of Grassroots Leadership, a group that fights to end for-profit incarceration. "That reason is to maintain policies that benefit them." [node:read-more:link]

Jan 11, 2016
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KVUE

Immigration a complex battleground in 2016 race

Yet raids ordered by the Democratic Obama administration this month have communities on edge yet again, Grassroots Leadership immigration organizer Alejandro Caceres told KVUE Monday.

"You're leaving your house today, but you might not come back. Your kids might not come back to their house today, is anxiety and a fear that is very hard to understand if you've never actually felt it," said Caceres, explaining that unclear rules and inconsistent enforcement have compounded the feeling of helplessness. [node:read-more:link]

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