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Top 10 Prison Industry Lobbyists in the Lonestar State, 2013 edition

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Last January, Piper revealed the top 5 private prison industry lobbyists in Texas in 2012: Lionel Aguirre, Michael Toomey, Frank R. Santos, Lara Laneri Keel, and Dean McWilliams. 

According to the Texas Ethics Commission's records for 2013, several of the aforementioned legislators have continued to lobby for the private prison industry, and several more names have come across our radar as well. 

1. Lionel Aguirre  

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Private prison corporations hiring well-connected lobbyists in Texas

In the wake of NPR's story that Corrections Corporation of America played a major role in writing Arizona's controversial "show-me-your-papers" immigration law, we posted a list of campaign contributions that private prison corporations made in Texas in the run-up to last month's election. 

Now that the election is over, we thought we'd take a look at who is lobbying for private prison corporations here in Texas.  This was of particular interest as it has also been reported that CCA lobbyists have been political advisors to Arizona governor Jan Brewer.

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