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“The second-richest member of Congress made a six-figure purchase earlier this year of stock in a major private prison company that’s profiting handsomely from increased immigrant detention under Trump administration policy, federal records show.
Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Montana) bought between $100,001 and $250,000 worth of CoreCivic stock on Jan. 29, according to a transaction report reviewed by TYT. One month earlier, Gianforte had unloaded CoreCivic stock in the same value range.
The CoreCivic political action committee donated $1,000 to Gianforte’s campaign on Dec. 12, 2017.
2017 was CoreCivic’s best year on record regarding contracts from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), having brought in $135 million from the agency. The company is now on track to beat that total from ICE contracts by the end of the year.
Gianforte himself had a run-in with law enforcement. On the eve of his 2017 special congressional election, Gianforte assaulted Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs and then lied to police about it. The next day, he won the race to become Montana’s at-large representative in the House. Gianforte pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to community service, anger management classes, and a $385 fine.
CoreCivic operates the only private prison in Montana, the Crossroads Correctional Center. In a public debate over the financial terms, the governor decided not to renew the state’s contract with CoreCivic, which expires next year.
The company has been the subject of numerous abuse complaints and is facing multiple lawsuits. The Tennessee branch of the American Civil Liberties Union wrote last year to state legislators that problems identified in a recent audit were part of a continuous “pattern of abuse, mismanagement and violence at [CoreCivic] facilities” nationally.”
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