The Highest Paid "Government" Workers

The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has released a new report, "EXPOSED: America's Highest Paid Government Workers," that's worth reading.

The report shows that, contrary to misinformation spread by some politicians and pundits, America’s highest paid "government" workers are not your local teachers, nurses, or sanitation workers.

Rather, they are corporate executives who sign lucrative contracts to take over public services and then pay themselves and other executives eye-popping salaries.

This report by CMD highlights just six of these "government" workers who, between them, raked in more than $100 million from taxpayers in personal compensation during the past few years alone.

You'll meet George Zoley, America’s highest paid "corrections officer" and CEO of private prison giant GEO Group. Zoley made $22 million in compensation between 2008 and 2012.

GEO Group writes language into private prison contracts that forces taxpayers to keep prisons full or else pay for empty beds.

You'll also meet Richard Montoni, CEO of Maximus, who is America’s highest paid "caseworker." Maximus is a for-profit firm that handles government services for poor and vulnerable residents.

Montoni made more than $16 million between 2008 and 2012.