Monday, January 9, 2012

Political Donations and Cronyism in NJ

I just wanted to provide a quick update on the ongoing situation in NJ, where a contract to build and operate an immigration detention center was basically handed to a company with strong political ties in the state.  I've covered this a bit in the past (here and here), but basically, the state set up the bidding process in such a way that only one company, a subsidiary of CEC, would be able to secure the contract.

An immigration advocacy group has just released a report detailing the political influence that helped CEC's subsidiary win the contract.  It's a rather short report, but a nice case study of how political relationships cultivated by private industry can severely restrict public oversight and accountability. 

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