New report shows private prison industry gave nearly $1 million in campaign contributions to Florida Legislators in 2010

As the Florida Legislature inexorably drives toward privatizing a host of prisons in South Florida, a new report issued on Monday shows that the private prison industry gave nearly $1 million in campaign contributions during the 2010 election cycle, the most the industry has given over the last decade.

Researchers at the National Institute on Money in State Politics have been tracking prison privatization legislation in Florida since lawmakers tried to privatize at least 16 prisons in the southern third of the state with the budget bill last May.

Last week the Senate budget committee approved a version of the plan, and it will soon be brought up for the entire state Senate to debate.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday in the Capitol, Pasco County Republican state Senator Mike Fasano was joined by several public employees in Florida at a news conference denouncing the proposed legislation.