ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Governor Bruce Rauner’s back in the hot seat after reports reveal investment ties with an ICE detention center at the border. It’s the latest in a string of allegations coming from his opponents this election cycle.
Every candidate running for a political seat has to fill out an Economic Interest Form showing all the companies in which he or she has an investment.
Rauner, an investor by trade, has thousands; one in particular is striking a nerve with immigration advocates.
It’s because it shows the governor is profiting from a private equity fund which owns a billion dollar for-profit healthcare provider. It provides healthcare in federal prisons, one of those being a Texas detention center, currently detaining families and children at the border.
Rauner’s campaign is adamantly pushing back.
“All of Gov. Rauner’s assets are controlled by blind trust procedures and he is not involved in day-to-day investment decisions,” Rauner spokesman Will Allison said. “Moreover, Gov. Rauner has never had any direct involvement with Correct Care.”
A spokesperson from the governor’s office further clarified the governor has not profited from the Correct Care. If so, he promises to donate any proceeds from investment interests that he may hold that have any contract with the State of Illinois.
Some immigration advocates are reportedly calling for the governor to divest and break rules of the blind trust, but intervening in his business exchanges has gotten Rauner in trouble in the past.
It’s not the first time two billionaires running for governor have been in hot water for their investment ties. During the primary both Rauner and Pritzker have money invested in a company responsible for constructing the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.
It’s unclear how much money the governor is making from the Correct Care Company, but he’s earned more than $5,000 from the equity fund which owns it.