Scott’s fundraiser comedy gold for HBO’s John Oliver

Source: Miami Herald blog, July 21, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott tempted the comedy gods with his latest choice of fundraisers. And, as Sunday night’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” proved, the comedy gods show no mercy. Not with the material Scott gave them Monday night. Scott attended a $10,000 per person fundraiser at the home of George Zoley, the president of Geo Group of Boca Raton. Geo is the the second-largest private prison company in the U.S. with $1.5 billion in annual revenue. …. “We love prisons so much a shocking number of Americans are currently inside one,” Oliver said at the beginning of 17-minute segment that was mainly focused on the privatization of the American prison system. “We have more prisoners at the moment than China. Than China. We don’t have more of anything than China, other than, of course, debt to China.” At about 12 minutes in, Oliver zeroed in on Florida. “The key problem running prisons like businesses is that prisons are then run as businesses,” Oliver said, seguing into his main example of the Geo Group.