Magazine article Corrections Forum

Teamsters File Ethics Charge vs. Gov. Scott on Prison Privatization

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Teamsters File Ethics Charge vs. Gov. Scott on Prison Privatization

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Orlando Sentinel

Florida policymakers' push to privatize a huge part of its prison system has drawn the wrath of the Teamsters union, which has filed an ethics complaint against Gov. Rick Scott. The complaint at the Florida Commission on Ethics says Scott's privatization push is "tainted" because he accepted $30,000 for his inaugural committee from the two largest companies vying for the contracts, the GEO Group and Corrections Corp. of America. The companies also contributed more than $1 million to candidates in 2010. The complaint also says Scott has a conflict of interest because the State Board of Administration, which he chairs, owns $10 million in stock in the two companies in the state pension fund. The complaint is vague as to how that would violate Florida's ethics law. …

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