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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Senator Schumer Urged to Return Prison Industry Donations

April 2, 2013

Following actions in New York and other US cities, Presente Action renews its calls on Senator Charles "Chuck" Schumer to return monies he received from lobbyists for the prison industry with a record of trying to influence immigration reform.

"We call on Senator Schumer to stop making excuses and start giving the immigrant prison lobby their money back" said Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente Action. "Senator Schumer and his affiliated PAC have taken campaign contributions from companies and from lobbying firms like Akin Gump Strauss Hauer Feld, which lobbies on behalf of some of the largest immigrant prison building and management firms in the country. Receiving money from the immigrant prison lobby and then denying it is not what Latino voters call leadership on immigration reform. On immigration, Senator Schumer has to put people before prisons."

According to the Daily Caller news outlet, "Schumer and his affliated PAC received $35,500 in campaign contributions this past election cycle from Fidelity Investments (FMR Corp.), which disclosed in 2010 a 14.57 percent stake, worth $141.48 million, in the private corrections facilities provider GEO Group. It also owns a stake in the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), according to an SEC filing. Schumer also accepted $64,243 from the lobbying firm Akin Gump et al, which lobbies on behalf of CCA. GEO Group and CCA own and operate detention facilities under contract with federal, state and municipal governments."

According to ENLACE (http://enlaceintl.org/), which produced an in­-depth report on prison firm lobbying on immigration, the facts provided below point to Schumer's relationship with the immigrant prison lobby. Even though Senator Schumer was not up for reelection in 2012 and won't be until 2016, he received the following contributions from private prison industry lobbyists:

In 2012 Senator Schumer got $63,243 from the AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD lobby firm.

In 2012 CCA paid AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD $220,000 to lobby the Senate & House.

Also in 2012:

- Henry A Terhune, an AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD lobbyist assigned to represent CCA, gave $1,000 to Senator Schumer's PAC, Impact.

- Brian Arthur Pomper, an AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD lobbyist assigned to represent CCA, gave $1,250 to Senator Schumer's PAC, Impact.

- Family members of Vic Fazio, an AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD lobbyist assigned to represent CCA, gave $1,000 to Senator Schumer's PAC, Impact.

- David J Carlin of Akin, an AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD lobbyist assigned to represent CCA, gave $500 and his family members gave $500 to Senator Schumer's PAC, Impact.

- Sean G D'Arcy, an AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD lobbyist assigned to represent CCA, gave $1,000 and his family members gave $1,000 to Senator Schumer's PAC, Impact.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura­carlsen/immigration­reform­privation­prisons­lobby_b_2665199.html?utm _source=Alert­blogger&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Email+Notifications#es_share_ended

http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cid=N00001093&cycle=2012&type=C&newMem=N&recs =100

http://southflorida.citybizlist.com/article/fidelity-reports-1415m-stake-geo-group-cbl-1

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/315066/000031506613003044/fmrllc.txt

http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?type=C&cid=N00001093&newMem=N&cycle=2012

http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/firmsum.php?id=D000000162

http://www.thenation.com/article/173120/how-private-prisons-game-immigration-system