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How Julie Jones got it completely wrong with GEO Group ‘Continuum of Care’

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It was a moment Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones remembered clearly — even though she got it completely wrong.

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‘No evidence’ GEO Group behind prisoner rehab grab

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The head of a nonprofit that runs prisoner re-entry programs in the state said she had “no evidence” her group and others were being muscled out by private prison operator The GEO Group. But, Lori Costantino-Brown quickly added, there’s been a “lot of speculation” that the company has somehow been involved. Costantino-Brown, president and CEO of Orlando-based Bridges of America, held a press conference Thursday in Tallahassee with other care providers. The Department of Corrections has been targeting Bridges in particular as…

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Private prison firm GEO Group hires more lobbyists for D.C.

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GEO Group, the Boca Raton-based private prison corporation, recently hired three lobbying firms in Washington D.C. POLITICO Influence reports that this month, GEO brought on David Olander of Capitol Counsel for real estate investment trust tax issues; David Stewart and Ryan Robichaux of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings – former aides to Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions – to advocate on federal government use of contract correctional facilities; and the Scrivner Leon Group’s Michael Scrivner and Peter Leon for privately operated correctional…

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Miguel Diaz de la Portilla widens fundraising lead in SD 37

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Miami Republican Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla built on his fundraising lead in the Senate District 37 race against Democratic Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez, with another $15,000 in contributions between Aug. 13 and Aug. 25. The second-term senator took in 16 contributions over the two-week period, including three $1,000 checks from private prison company The GEO Group and its subsidiaries. To date, the campaign has raised $613,810. The campaign also took in $19,500 in “in kind” support from the…

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Ron Book’s shop hauls in over $2 million in Q2 lobbying fees

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The lobbying practice led by longtime Adams Street fixture Ron Book continued to net some of the largest earnings figures in all of Florida lobbying last quarter: His firm took in $2,015,000 in lobbying fees, according to estimates based on a compensation report submitted Tuesday. The Ronald L. Book PA firm led by its namesake had a legislative client list that counted 97 interests and accounted for some $1.73 million in lobbying fees. Book’s executive practice — still larger than most firms by itself —…

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Former Rick Scott general counsel Pete Antonacci lines up controversial lobbying client

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As reported earlier this week in Florida Politics, Pete Antonacci –– former general counsel for Gov. Rick Scott – is back in the influence business at his former firm GrayRobinson. Last week, Antonacci’s roster of clients were relatively anodyne, but not so as of today with the registration of his fourth client. Antonacci has signed up private prison giant Corizon, a firm that does a great deal of sensitive business with the state. New Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones is looking to overhaul exactly the kinds of facilities run by Corizon amid reports…

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