Courthouse News: Watchdog Wants Info on Trump Super PAC & Private Prisons

Campaign Legal Center filed a federal complaint Tuesday against ICE under the Freedom of Information Act. The complaint cites an August 2016 report from the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General, which concluded that “contract prisons incurred more safety and security incidents per capita than comparable BOP [Bureau of Prisons] institutions.”


“The first contribution came one day after the Obama Administration announced its decision to phase out the use of private prisons, a decision that was immediately reversed after Jeff Sessions became Attorney General in February 2017,” Campaign Legal Center said in a statement.


Also that day, the Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, claiming the GEO Group and Rebuilding America Now violated the ban on political donations from federal contractors.


Campaign Legal Center asked ICE on Dec. 8, 2017, for information on whether it had an operating agreement with GEO to run a prison in Washington state when the donations were made. If so, it says, the donations were illegal.

An ICE representative declined to comment, citing a policy on pending litigation.

The Campaign Legal Center’s complaint to the Federal Election Commission is pending.

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