In Urbandale, IA, first time bird dogging volunteer Gina asked Governor Bobby Jindal a question on for-profit prison companies lobbying for a policy requiring 34,000 immigrants to be detained each day.
Senator Rubio said, "I don't believe people are being jailed for purposes of providing 'clients' to a private company," despite evidence that this is exactly what's going on as a result of the immigrant detention quota Rubio also said states have found outsourcing prisons to be more cost effective, when there is no evidence that for-profit incarceration saves money.
Rubio did call for "more accountability in the way we deliver defense projects."
We tried to ask Hillary Clinton a follow up question on immigrant detention bed mandates during her first trip to Iowa. Instead, state, national and international reporters following presidential candidates found us.
“Nobody would be in favor of seeing children warehoused by the federal government,” said former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in response to my follow-up question about immigrant children being detained for profit.
The disparity between public interest and private profits was emphasized April 3rd at the Open Secrets blog. According to the blog post, Management and Training Corporation is one of the big three in private corrections, along with Corrections Corporation of American and the GEO Group. Open Secrets says that these three companies spent $2 million on Congressional lobbying in 2014. Their money distorts public policy to benefit their own profits.
Lindsey Graham had an extended back-and-forth with voters in his first "testing the waters" trip to New Hampshire. The South Carolina Senator spoke at length about immigration, elaborated on his hawkish views on the Middle East, and expressed support for campaign finance reform.