At this Adelanto, California, facility managed by The GEO Group, Immigration and Customs Enforcement houses an average of 1,100 immigrants awaiting case decisions or deportation. (John Moore/Getty Images file photo)
The political arm of a controversial company that wants to continue operating private prisons for the federal government has dramatically increased its donations to Senate candidates.
Those donations from the political action committee for the GEO Group, one of the nation’s largest private prison companies, have expanded sixfold this campaign season, compared to the 2012 cycle, from $22,000 to around $136,000. That’s based on a Roll Call analysis of the most recently available campaign contribution data from the Center for Responsive Politics.