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By: Linda Lundberg on September 19, 2015
In Ames, Iowa Senator Graham fielded a question about corporate influence in the governing process.
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By: Hector Salamanca Arroyo on September 10, 2015
In Muscatine, IA Senator Sanders stated he is currently working on introducing legislation to "...make sure private corporations are not in the business of running and building jails."
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By: Kathleen McQuillen on September 5, 2015
O'Malley calls for more openness and transparency in our Defense budget when asked about the Obama's administration $1 trillion nuclear weapons plan and how to stop governing under the influence of the weapons industry for private profit.
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By: Hector Salamanca Arroyo on September 2, 2015
When asked a question on the immigrant detention mandate and corporations driving the policy, Governor Lincoln Chafee stated he is not in favor of "for-profit anything".
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By: Kevin Rutledge on August 22, 2015
Chris Christie private prison lobbyists Iowa State Fair 2015
In New Hampshire, Gov. Christie said private jail facilities shouldn't determine immigration policy to make more profits. However, when I asked him his plan as president to determine policy to benefit people and not corporate lobbyists at the Iowa State Fair, I was disappointed he didn't address a plan or steps and only referred to New Jersey's decreasing prison population.
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By: Kevin Rutledge on August 18, 2015
Marco Rubio West End Salvage meet and greet in Des Moines, Iowa
I asked Sen. Marco Rubio an immigrant lobbying question about the top 2 for-profit prisons, CCA and Geo Group, spending $15 million since 2006 lobbying for policies they directly profit from to build more prisons and immigrant detention centers. Rubio stated "ultimately you have to uphold the law, so you have to have somewhere to house people" and how Congress doesn't award these contracts to private contractors.
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By: Marlu Abarca on August 17, 2015
I handed a report to Senator Marco Rubio at his event in Ankeny, IA as a follow up to an earlier interaction with him in which he was asked about the immigrant detention mandate and for-profit prisons. He responded by stating he knew the subject well and knew of individuals who were in detention centers, but the law had to be followed.
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By: Kevin Rutledge on August 17, 2015
Carly Fiorina Iowa State Fair Corporate Cronyism Military Industrial Complex 8-17-15
While walking to eat Iowa Sweet Corn during the Iowa State Fair, Carly Fiorina is asked about crony capitalism in the military industrial complex where military officials go through the revolving door into the private sector and receive more government contracts. Fiorina says we need to have “strongest military on the face of the planet” and we need to reform bureaucracy and crony capitalism within the military and Defense department, but doesn’t say how.
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By: Hector Salamanca Arroyo on August 11, 2015
When I asked Dr. Carson about for-profit corporations driving immigrant detention policies, he said, "prisons should not necessarily be operated as profit centers."
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By: Kevin Rutledge on July 14, 2015
Iowa Caucus Field of Dreams Corporate Power

Candidates are dreaming to become president in a crowded field.  Iowans are questioning the reality of corporate money corrupting the dreams of Americans.  I had one-on-one conversations with Sen. Rand Paul, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Sen. Lindsey Graham during a two day trip in Sioux City.

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