Thursday, July 29, 2010
Despite CCA's and Governor Jan Brewer's repeated claims to the contrary, CCA has been wiedling its influence on the governor in subtle ways for quite some time, including when she was debating whether or not to sign the "breathing while brown" bill. Chuck Coughlin, who runs High Ground Consulting, which CCA has used for over a year to lobby for them in Arizona, also happens to be an advisor to, and campaign manager for, governor Brewer. By Coughlin's own admission, he advised the governor on the bill while he was receiving payment from CCA as their lobbyist. And so while CCA can claim that they technically didn't lobby on the bill, I'm willing to go out on a limb here and say that the man they hired to lobby for them might have just possibly helped nudge along one of the most controversial laws I've ever seen, one that stands to directly benefit CCA in a big way.