One of the country’s largest operators of migrant child concentration camps, the GEO Group, has made large contributions to several Texas representatives and senators in Congress.
The group’s PAC and executives have given $32,900 to Houston Republican Rep. John Culberson’s campaign this election cycle, according to Federal Election Commission documents and OpenSecrets.org. In Texas, GEO runs migrant concentration camps at Karnes City, Laredo, Pearsall and Conroe.
GEO is also the top donor this cycle for U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, who received $32,400, and Round Rock Republican Rep. John Carter, who received $31,600. Culberson and Cuellar serve on the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, which funds the concentration camps.
GEO has also donated to other Texas lawmakers such as Republican Sen. John Cornyn, who received $10,000; House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, who received $2,500; Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, who received $2,500; Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Coppell, who received $1,000; and Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Heath, who received $1,000. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz received $150.
GEO has come under scrutiny for alleged mismanagement and abuse in its concentration camps. The company faced a class-action lawsuit in which detainees claimed they were forced to work and three detainees died in one of GEO’s California facilities.