Remove Private Prison Lobbyist from the Democratic National Committee

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Lobbyists for private prison corporations have influenced our legislators to enact “tough on crime” laws that have destroyed poor communities and led to the disproportionate jailing of black and brown men. Last week Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez announced his plan to appoint 75 people to the DNC as members-at large including Jeff Berman, a former lobbyist for the private prison company the GEO Group. The new members-at-large to the Democratic National Committee will vote on party rules and will be convention super delegates free to vote for a primary candidate of their choice. We need to ensure that our party and Democratic primary in 2020 is free from the influence of private prison companies and their allies. 

We are asking DNC Chair Tom Perez to remove Jeff Berman and any current or former private prison lobbyists from any DNC leadership and voting positions.



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