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By: Arnie Alpert on July 1, 2015
Revolving Door for Corporate Lobbyists

If “just powers” come from the consent of the governed, the GUI project may be just the thing to bring about change.  This Fourth of July, join us in declaring independence from corporate rule.

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By: Gina Haag on June 29, 2015
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.
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By: Olivia Zink on June 25, 2015
Marco Rubio with Olivia at WMUR
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."
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By: Hector Salamanca Arroyo on June 22, 2015
Senator Jim Webb visited Des Moines, IA and was asked a question about companies running for-profit prisons impacting immigration policy and what he would do to limit their influence.
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By: Diego Salamanca on June 18, 2015
Governor Jeb Bush was asked about immigrant detention in Pella, IA.
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By: Kevin Rutledge on April 17, 2015
Hillary Clinton AFSC Iowa Banners

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. 

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By: Kevin Rutledge on April 9, 2015
“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.
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By: Judy on April 3, 2015

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. 

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By: Kevin Rutledge on March 24, 2015
Polk County Sheriff Bill McCarthy

Iowa Polk County Sheriff Bill McCarthy questions how Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detains undocumented workers illegally.

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By: Arnie Alpert on March 9, 2015
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.
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