Thursday, November 15, 2007

I'll take lobbyists for 250

This from the Laredo Morning Times, May 17, 2007:
The Geo Group came to Laredo on Wednesday bearing cash for both the City of Laredo and Webb County. ....George Zoley, Geo CEO and founder, doubled the amount he planned to give the entities from $125,000 each to $250,000 each in general funds.

And now - Laredo Morning Times, November 14, 2007:
Webb County Commissioners Court unanimously voted Tuesday against accepting a $250,000 donation from Geo Group - a company contracting with the federal government to build a jail in southern Webb County. The vote followed public comment when the money was characterized as "dirty" by attorneys who represent the family of an inmate killed inside one of the company's privately owned prisons.
Pct. 4 commissioner Sergio Martinez was more blunt. "I see this money as something to buy our influence," he said. "I think it's inappropriate."

Yeah, you think?
Amazing what a little public pressure and city-wide scandals can do.

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