Rick Scott Fundraiser Being Hosted by GEO Group CEO (UPDATED)

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Update: See also: Rick Scott Met by Protesters at GEO Group Fundraiser (Video)

Original post: Rick Scott is in Boca all day Monday, kicking off something called Jobs for the Next Generation tour. And while he's in town talking jobs and tax cuts, he'll also be attending a big-money gala in his honor hosted by the CEO of what many say is the worst private prison in the country.

George Zoley is the CEO of GEO Group, a famously notorious private prison that, among other things, has had federal inspectors discover too few guards on duty at one particular facility with reports of guards being stabbed, bitten, punched, and kicked by inmates and GEO doing very little about it. GEO also owns a facility in Broward that has been the site of a hunger-strike protest over poor treatment of immigrants who are held there.

GEO is also the same company that almost got to put its name on FAU's football stadium, which prompted students and media to nickname the field Owlcatraz.

See also: Vigil at GEO Group CEO's Boca Raton Home Tonight on Behalf of Immigrant Hunger Strikers

According to Mother Jones, the fundraiser will be held at Zoley's Boca home at $10,000 a pop, which also includes a general reception for another $3,000 per person.

The proceeds of the fundraiser will go to Scott's reelection campaign as well as to the Republican Party of Florida.


GEO Group is the second-largest private prison company in the U.S., and it has been peppered with protests and allegations over human rights violations.

The prison has been accused several times of targeting the poor and minorities.

Last year, members of Trans and Womyn's Action Camp chained themselves to the doors of the GEO Group corporate headquarters in Palm Beach in protest over what the group called GEO's "pivotal role in promoting discriminatory laws that target people of color, immigrants, youth, transgender individuals, and the poor."

In 2008, a man died in one of GEO's Texas facilities after allegedly not receiving medication for epilepsy and being put in an isolation cell. His death sparked a prison riot.

In 2013, an investigation was launched by Americans for Immigrant Justice over accusations of immigrant inmates being served rotten food and suffering from food poisoning at the Broward facility. There were also allegations of sexual assault among detainees and reports of several suicide attempts.

Earlier this year, New Times reported on GEO making $600,000 by taking kickbacks from phone companies that put lines into its facilities.

Zoley himself is no stranger to giving money to politicians, particularly to the GOP and Scott himself.

Last year, Zoley gave Scott $20,000 to renovate his mansion -- which didn't include the 80 grand of taxpayer money Scott used to fix up the mansion.

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So, in addition to making some of the strangest, most uncomfortable faces of any current politician, Governor Rick Scott claims to have another crowning talent, one often cited and not backed up other politicians- creating jobs. The question at hand is of course, can Scott walk the walk, or does he just talk the talk?

During his 2010 campaign bid for Governor of Florida, which he later won, Scott made an extremely ostentatious promise- the creation of 700,000 new jobs for Florida’s private sector economy over a 10 year period. While that’s an admirable goal, it’s also extremely lofty, and would take a feat of superhuman gubernatorial effort, the tactical mind of a chess computer, and a healthy portion of luck to achieve- Rick Scott just isn’t measuring up.

The hard numbers of the situation aren’t too grand- thus far, Scott has pledged over $266,000,000.00 in tax breaks and related incentives for the promise of 45,258 jobs, (1,253 of which are not yet verified, more on that further on.) Averaged out, this comes to $5,877.41 per job. While this wouldn’t be a terrible deal on it’s own, 96% of the currently placed deals have seen no returns thus far- worded more accurately, he’s only had a 4% success rate. Going further, that means out of the $266,000,000.00 spent or reserved for these deals, the state of Florida has only gotten it’s money’s worth on $10,640,000.00 of what was spent, a large portion of which went to low or minimum wage jobs, with annual salaries which don’t break the poverty line.

Over the same period of time, Florida has lost an astounding 49,163 jobs under Scott’s poor leadership, for a net loss of 3,905 jobs thus far. It isn’t a surprise that Scott is cherry-picking his numbers, considering he already goes on a public relations stunt nearly once a day, to groundbreaking ceremonies for things like Denny’s diners and Walmarts. In actuality he really needs to do this, in order to avoid being thrown out by a mob carrying pitchforks and torches- considering his other favorite numbers, the drop in Florida’s unemployment rate from 11.1 percent to 6.7 percent is primarily due to people losing hope and giving up, due to how badly this buffoon is wrecking the state and local economy(s).

Worsening the prospect is the 6 month, “confidentiality period” associated with Scott’s deals- something Good Jobs First has understandably taken offence to, seeing as it all but completely eliminates transparency and accountability for what happens, and takes residents out of the democratic decision-making process, instead letting ultra-corporatist Reaganomics and trickle-down go into play off of secret deals and corporate welfare. All of these reserved and sometimes wasted state funds are money that could otherwise go to helping Floridians on the local level, something that has been sorely lacking, especially in the areas that need it most, like South Florida, where people need real, tangible help- not the largest news studio ever built by Miami airport for Univision, or the refurbishing of warehouses that -still- remain empty of companies that may have decided to take the money and run after filing bankruptcy.

Speaking of bankruptcy, it’s only appropriate to at least briefly touch on the kind Rick Scott possesses- moral bankruptcy. Back on the topic of shady secret deals, and questionable proceedings comes a fully articulated skeleton from the Governor’s closet, namely, Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation. Scott was asked to resign by the board of directors, (Read as: Forced out.) from his position as CEO following an ethics investigation by the FBI, IRS, and Department of Health and Human Services on charges of grand larceny and fraud.

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The criminal who took the fifth 75 times sucking up funds from from another criminal. And the scumbag is probably going to get re-elected. This really is FloriDUH.



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