Quick link here to a discussion of a recent report documenting the revolving door between Tennessee's legislature and its lobbying force. Many former state officials now work in the private sector lobbying for major industries that hope to gain favor with the establishment. Among those officials is the former governor of the state, Don Sundquist, who has been hired as a lobbyist by CCA, which is headquartered in Nashville. As if that weren't bad enough, Sundquist also used to employ current CCA board member (and former CEO) John Ferguson in his administration.
No wonder this perpetually poorly performing industry is so effective at securing contracts.