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Lobbying for a prison

There’s something sad about this. Time was when communities scrambled to avoid being a “prison town” – as in, put that thing somewhere else.

Now, they can be considered moneymakers.

And money is invested. From the Twin Falls Times News, in a report on Cassia County’s commissioners’ pursuit of a new $300 million federal prison: “The contract approved Monday calls for a monthly fee of $5,000, and commissioners also set aside a monthly travel budget of up to $500 for the effort.”

The fee goes to New West Strategies, the lobbying group founded by former Senator Larry Craig and his former staffer Michael O. Ware. (In case you were wondering what the former senator is up to.)

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