Jan Brewer's Chuck Coughlin, CCA, KPHO, and the Nearly $14K Canceled Ad Buy

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Coughlin: Squealin' like a stuck javelina

Last night's report from KPHO's Morgan Loew on the ties between private prison behemoth Corrections Corporation of America and Governor Jan Brewer has drawn some serious plasma from Brewer's camp.

Specifically, the hemorrhage is from Brewer's top political advisor Chuck Coughlin, president of HighGround Public Affairs, which also represents CCA.

Seems Coughlin's squealing like a skewered javelina over Loew's latest. In response, HighGround today published a nasty, unsigned screed about Loew and KPHO on HighGround's Web site.

Most of this whiny jeremiad is just blather. But the most interesting part has to do with an ad buy with KPHO that HighGround dropped.

At the end of last night's segment, Loew mentioned that Coughlin's company canceled the governor's campaign advertising with the station. This, after KPHO began following the Brewer-CCA connection, which has scored national coverage with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show.

HighGround's online reply states that, "The fact is that the Governor Brewer 2010 campaign never made a buy on CBS 5 for its current commercial. There was nothing to cancel."

Um, okay. Then why does CBS 5 have on file documents signed by the Carlton Media Group's Fran Parker, who is listed on HighGround's Web site as working with the company?

The docs, which are public record, show that Parker was the contact for an ad purchase in the gross amount of $13,775 that was to run in the weeks before the primary. (You can see the docs, here.)  

According to KPHO general manager Ed Munson, Brewer's camp canceled the buy before the ads began running.

Confronted with this info, Coughlin e-mailed me that, "The ad buy he is referring to was in August and was never placed. We were considering buys all over the State. We choose [sic] not to air on Channel 5 at that time."

Coughlin didn't get back to me on a question asking if  this decision was because of Loew's reporting.

I asked Munson the same question. He answered that it was "hard to say," but maintained that the lost dollars would not affect KPHO's coverage of the CCA-Brewer connection.

HighGround's online temper-tantrum is telling. First, it attacks Loew ad hominem, calling him "maniacal," saying he has to "make things up," and that Loew is interested in advancement to a bigger gig, maybe in New York or someplace.

On the first and the third charges, if so, so what?

On the second, when it gets down to the nitty-gritty, HighGround doesn't really offer anything that Loew made up. That's because Loew didn't make anything up. The kvetches in the post are pretty petty, and reflect Coughlin's biased, self-centered worldview.

One of them involves Caroline Isaacs of the American Friends Service Committee, a CCA critic whom Loew interviews for his piece. HighGround quotes verbatim from Loew's report, which plainly states who Isaacs is, then the post goes on to claim that Loew never did this.

"Moreover, Loew never establishes who Caroline Isaacs is," the screed reads. "Apparently she is in Philadelphia and according to AFSC's own website, 'AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.'  Sounds like a group with a definite political ax to grind."

Like HighGround doesn't have a political ax to grind? Give me a freakin' break!

Also, Isaacs is out of the AFSC's Tucson office. If whoever wrote this garbage bothered to look more than six seconds at AFSC's Web site, they could see under "Where we work" a list of AFSC's offices, including the Tucson one.

And talk about a smear on Quakers. If AFSC happened to be a Mormon organization devoted to service, love and peace programs, would Coughlin's organization be so quick to slam it?

As for Coughlin's Mount McKinley-sized conflict of interest, I've written about this at length in a previous Bird column.

Coughlin denies that there's a conflict of interest, when there clearly is. Even by his own admission, he spoke with the governor about whether or not to sign SB 1070, Arizona's "breathing while brown law," while he already had CCA as a client.

CCA stands to benefit from SB 1070 because CCA has contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain people for immigration-related crimes. And as ICE spokesman Vinnie Picard confirms in Loew's piece, individuals picked up by local law enforcement do end up in ICE-CCA custody.

Indeed, Picard recently related to me that for just one CCA prison, the Central Arizona Detention Facility in Florence, ICE paid CCA a staggering $49.5 million for the period between 7/1/09 and 6/30/2010. Not all of that is inmate-related. I'm working on getting a breakdown. But it does give you an idea how much money is involved.

Loew's piece from Tuesday followed up on a series of reports he's done for KPHO, pointing out what was first published by the magazine In These Times: That Coughlin lobbies for CCA, that Brewer's communications director Paul Senseman used to lobby for CCA, and that Senseman's wife Kathy still lobbies for CCA.

In the past, Coughlin has insisted to me that HighGround has "no position on 1070" and did not lobby Brewer on 1070. Of course, CCA lobbyists and execs did contribute to Brewer's seed money, and donated substantially to the Prop 100 campaign, which was Brewer's baby.

What is this, some Benny Hill segment where Coughlin talks to CCA out of one side of his mouth, then changes hats and talks to Brewer with the other?

Just how dumb does Coughlin think the Arizona public is? On second thought, I guess he's got them pretty dead to rights.


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Art Cote
Art Cote

Chuck Coughlin seems to be the worst possible element that could be operating in our society. There is no need for people like him, Grover Norquist, or other Rove-like personalities; they are the destruction of our political system.

Benito
Benito

In the last four months Jan Brewer has been caught lying, three times and counting.

The comments made on June 16, 2010, and June 27, 2010, clearly indicates that the Brewer says that immigrants are beheading people in the United States desert. She first ran away from the question and the press when confronted with the question. She finally when to FOX/ FAKE News to recant her lie.

When Brewer was confronted with the fact the two of her top Advisors (Paul Senseman, Chuck Coughlin) are lobbyist for “Private Prisons” giant CCA she first ran away from the question and the press.

In an attempt to gain sympathy, she first said her father had died in Germany fighting the Nazi in World War II (which ended 1945) but of course we find out the truth that her father was never in Germany and died in California in 1955. Do you see a trend here?

Brewer signed into law SB 1070 Bill (Did she even read it?), lied about the crime rates in AZ (even Janet Napolitano knows that all crimes rates went down), and now we find out that she is in the pockets of PRIVATE PRISONS who stand to benefit with the increase Federal jailing, and thus they will pay her back, I wonder if it has to do anything about the fact that her son was transferred to a brand new prison, he was convicted for rape and sexual assault, I guess the fruit does not fall far the tree.

“Private Prisons Lie”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

“AZ Crime Rates”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

“Father Lie”http://vodpod.com/watch/377159...

Cindiaune
Cindiaune

So.....I can watch channel 5 without seeing Brewers commercials? I'm in...in fact it will be the only local station I watch between now and the election if Brewer promises to stay clear of the evil KPHO and it's real reporters...lol

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Bragging about his 200,000, why? Demanding "new" private prisons? Someone needs to find out what this is costing the taxpayers? The consequences are huge.

The Fall of Andrew Thomas AZ Republic Editorial Sept. 2, 2010GOP voters had wisdom to move past divisivenesshttp://www.azcentral.com/arizo...

IdahoJoe
IdahoJoe

Gee , Arizona makes Idaho look progressive, and our Governor intelligent.

Arkitekt999
Arkitekt999

move over chicago, AZ is taking over....

GENO
GENO

Feathered Bastard, we can all agree on that the 60% or so voters who supported the racist SB1070 are indeed clearly blinded by rhetorical hate. Which is why they're unable to see the copious corruption of the Repugnant Party.And remember--'Don't Drink The Tea".

@Whoknows, I wholeheartly agree. She was utterly incohorent from start to finish. And kept losing her train of thoughts throughout the debate. But she is a redneck politiKKKo, so that is to be expected. Its a pity.

stoplying
stoplying

Brewer and Coughlin have to talk about the unions to cover-up his own union..of supporting for his own profit places that murderers escape from and then murder innocent people.

The murders of Gary and Linda Haas of Oklahoma.

Tired
Tired

Here’s Jan’s plan:

1. Lose more jobs2. Do nothing for the housing industry and people losing their homes3. Have murderers escape and kill people4. Crush the tourism industry with her headless lies

former republican
former republican

Rachel Maddow Breaking News tonight featuring Morgan Loew, on the retaliation from Gov. Brewer's campaign to stop advertising on KPHO ch 5 CBS affiliate to put pressure on a journalist who isn't telling it like they want it?

Rollem45
Rollem45

No wonder SB 935ths of 1070 doesn't include a single ounce of border security. Lock up and collect the dough. I guess we could consider ourselves in the newest installment of Escape from Phoenix....similar to Escape from New York. Maybe we can get Snake Pliskin to keep law and order on the inside.

former republican
former republican

Morgan Loew interviewing Caroline Isaacs last night on KPHO ch 5, was truly stellar!! They are the best station for in depth investigative TV reporting. Coughlin lied; ICE was credible. The scam of the election year turning thousands of humans with no voice or standing into millions upon millions of $$$"s for CCA! That should be enough to put these people into their own prisons! Utterly disgraceful.

Coz
Coz

Just watched the Brewer-Goddard debate on channel 8...Sure is obvious brewer is nothing more than a brainless twit.

Coz
Coz

The corruption is so thick in Arizona it takes a knife to cut through it.What a toilet Arizona is through and through.

Stacy
Stacy

Chuck Couglin was also the consultant that helped Jan Brewer spend MILLIONS of dollars to revamp AZ's voting equipment to a more modern optical (from the chad punch cards) The HAVA - Help America Vote Act gave each state millions to do that and Brewer being the Sec of State then got Coughlin to be the consultant then. Wanna guess how much he got from that gig ??? Brewer never gave a detailed accounting to the public as she was required to do per the Act. But a few FOIA request ought to surprise the public.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

After the way that Brewer performed in the debate tonight, they should cancel her ads on any station, or during any show that attracts adults with an IQ over 75.

She came off like a clueless twit, even stopping mid sentence and going "deer in the headlights" twice during her 1 minute opening statement!

Theoldman
Theoldman

Back in the Symington days, Chuck Coughlin worked for Symington. In those days, I heard him called the John Ehrlichman of Symington's administration -- making a direct reference to John Ehrlichman in the Richard Nixon presidency.

Seems ole Chuck still operates the same way.

Coz
Coz

Lats hope as an inmate

Guest
Guest

I think I am going to become clinically depressed from the darth of intelligence that emanates from our leaders....

ChadSnow
ChadSnow

Thanks, Tired. You just completely summarized everything Jan Brewer has accomplished and wants to continue for the next four years. Great post.

former republican
former republican

Couldn't agree with you more... also after listening to smooth talking Coughlin on Horizon and then speaking with Morgan, it's crystal clear who controls the state!! CCA must be salivating at all the barren desert land, Arizona is as a state. It's time to call a moratorium on prison building in Arizona until they get their educational standards up to par and bring new businesses into the state that don't devour people, destroy families and children -- destroying Arizona's future for the immediate gains of a handful of power brokers! It's time people wake up to the biggest scam going!!

Coz
Coz

And what's truly even scarier is the fact that anyone that votes for Brewer is even dumber than she is.

There is no hope for Arizona if this brainless twit gets elected.

Rob
Rob

Hey, if you didn't like Jan's performance then maybe you should talk to your good union buddies about stopping the boycotts and driving people out of Arizona?

Because, you know, this is Jan "there but for the grace of God came I" Brewer speaking...

former republican
former republican

I'm sure they'll make sure she doesn't participate in any more debates!! It's clear who runs the ship -- let them rot in Hell in the f..ing prisons they have built to put taxpayers into and those who bring money into the state. What a disgrace they all are and we don't have to name them.... keep on smiling pearce, hendershott, arpaio, montgomery -- Coughlin wins the day!!

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