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A vocal critic of President Donald Trump, the immigration policy is a top recipient of campaign donations from the operators of the privately run prisons, a report said.

The 2016 campaign for re-election of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., received a sum of $7.500 from the private prison operators, the Seattle Times reported, citing Federal Election Commission filings and data from open campaign-Finance-transparency-organization.

Sen. Patty Murray received donations from private immigration prison companies (via @Jim_Brunner)

— The ” Seattle Times (Seattle times), June 24, 2018

The sum includes $5,000 from the Florida-based political action Committee for the GEO group, the nation’s largest private prison company, the data show.

GEO group Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., the has in the face of protests and lawsuits due to alleged treatment of detainees, miss before the deportation, reports the Times.

Apart from the GEO group, Murray also received a $2,500 donation from the PAC for the Management and Training Corporation, a Utah company, operates facilities housing immigrant detainees, according to the times.

Eli Zupnik, a Murray campaign spokesman, dismissed the donation as “inconsequential” and that the times had received thousands of donations in its last campaign, “of which there is no impact on their decisions.”

“Senator Murray is one of the leading critics of President Trump, the horrendous policy that the unnecessary and inhumane detention of immigrants and families,” Zupnik wrote in an emailed statement, the through the times.

“Senator Murray is one of the leading critics of President Trump, the horrendous policy that the unnecessary and inhumane detention of immigrants and families.”

– Eli Zupnik, a spokesman for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

“She has spent years working to Shine a spotlight on what they described as ‘very disturbing’ conditions in private prisons, and she is consistently aggressive and vocal in their opposition to state spending on for-profit prisons, which have no meaningful transparency or accountability.”

Murray has condemned the trump manage on the separation of children from parents, and has been critical of Federal taxpayer money to private prisons.

“We don’t know where these kids are,” said Murray, the ranking member of the Senate Committee, directs the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Murray sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar, demanding to know, “how parents and children are informed about each other’s safety, where they are located, the age of the children, and if you like the tender age of children are cared for is appropriate, and if and when parents and children reunited,” the Times reported.

“We have no idea what they are doing,” said Murray. “It’s not, is just beyond reprehensible that the administration answer these questions.”

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, was the only other state of Washington, a member of Congress, private prison companies money in 2016 — a $2,500 donation from the GEO group PAC, the reported Times.

So far, no donations in the year 2018.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and a reporter for Fox News.

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