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'Tea Party' files ethics complaint over Blackwater



Orlando attorney Fred O'Neal, who has registered the Tea Party with the Florida Division of Elections, has filed an ethics complaint over the Senate's deal to send state prisoners to the privately-run Blackwater River prison. The new prison is operated by the GEO Group.

"This behind-closed-doors deal stinks to high heaven," O'Neal said in a release. "This is just one more sordid chapter of the stench of corruption that fills the air over Tallahassee."

O'Neal is an anti-tax activist but has not been involved in recent tea party rallies that have galvanized interest on the right. The complaint might be moot, as Senate budget chief JD Alexander reached a deal with Democrats that would save 2,000 prison guard jobs.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:25am]


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