No proof Rauner prof­its off fam­ily sep­a­ra­tion

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CHICAGO ( AP) — A new tele­vi­sion cam­paign ad ac­cuses Illi­nois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Repub­li­can seek­ing an­other term in Novem­ber, of prof­it­ing off Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s since aban­doned “zero tol­er­ance” bor­der pol­icy of sep­a­rat­ing im­mi­grant chil­dren from their fam­i­lies.

Rauner’s Demo­cratic chal­lenger, J. B. Pritzker, launched the ad Wed­nes­day.

It is the lat­est al­le­ga­tion lobbed be­tween two ul­tra-rich can­di­dates in what is ex­pected to be one of the most ex­pen­sive gov­er­nor’s races in history. A look at the Pritzker ad claims:

PRITZKER AD: “Across the coun­try, Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can gov­er­nors spoke out against their state sup­port­ing Don­ald Trump tak­ing chil­dren away from their par­ents. But Bruce Rauner said he wasn’t giv­ing it any thought what­so­ever. And now we learn why. Be­cause Bruce Rauner has been prof­it­ing off Don­ald Trump’s pol­icy. That’s right. Rauner is an owner of this com­pany that’s been paid mil­lions to help keep chil­dren sep­a­rated from their par­ents.”

THE FACTS: There is no ev­i­dence that Rauner has made money off keep­ing im­mi­grant chil­dren sep­a­rated, and Rauner did speak out against the Trump pol­icy.

The Pritzker ad was launched af­ter Politico pub­lished an ar­ti­cle this week say­ing that Rauner in­vests in a for-profit health care com­pany called Cor­rect Care Solutions that pro­vides den­tal, med­i­cal and men­tal health ser­vices in state and fed­eral pris­ons, jails and ju­ve­nile de­ten­tion cen­ters across the coun­try. Since 2015, the De­part­ment of Jus­tice has awarded nearly $1 bil­lion in fed­eral con­tracts to the com­pany, gov­ern­ment records show.

Cor­rect Care Solutions does not hold con­tracts with any fa­cil­i­ties that house sep­a­rated chil­dren, said Judy Lil­ley, a spokes­woman for Cor­rect Care Solutions. The com­pany treats adult de­tainees at some Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment de­ten­tion cen­ters and pro­vides a physi­cian for the Karnes County Res­i­den­tial Cen­ter in Texas, which houses im­mi­grant fam­i­lies to­gether. The com­pany also pro­vides health care to a cor­rec­tional cen­ter in Mi­lan, New Mex­ico, where AP re­ported that a 31-year-old fa­ther sep­a­rated from his child was be­ing housed.

In a state ethics dis­clo­sure this year, Rauner listed stakes in dozens of com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing pri­vate eq­uity funds man­aged by his for­mer com­pany, GTCR. One of those GTCR funds co- owns Cor­rect Care Solutions along with two other pri­vate eq­uity funds and other in­vestors.

Af­ter be­com­ing Illi­nois gov­er­nor, Rauner in 2015 pledged to fol­low what he called “blind trust” pro­ce­dures for his in­vest­ments. He handed over con­trol of his wealth to an in­vest­ment ad­viser, but still can con­sult with the ad­viser. It is un­known how much in­flu­ence Rauner might have over Cor­rect Care Solutions.

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