Arizona's SB 1070 - Another Case of "Follow The Money"?

[ed. note - CM1] Bunping this with an update from Rachel Maddow at the bottom. - Originally posted on 2010-07-26 19:30:52 -0400.

From Open Left, who profits from SB-1070? Two of Governor Brewer's top advisers...

When it leads to a profit, the GOP believes that taking away your freedom by subverting the law is a good thing.

More below the fold from Think Progress:

a new investigation by local Arizona TV news station CBS 5 finds that the Brewer administration may have ulterior motives for its strong support of the new law. The station has found that “two of Brewer’s top advisers have connections” to private prison giant Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).

Paul Senseman, Brewer’s deputy chief of staff, is a former lobbyist for CCA. His wife continues to lobby for the company. Meanwhile Chuck Coughlin, who leads her re-election campaign, chaired her transition into the governorship, and is one of the governor’s policy advisors, is president of HighGround Public Affairs Consultants, which lobbies for CCA.

This is important because CCA currently “holds the federal contract to house detainees in Arizona.” CBS 5 notes that the company currently bills $11 billion a month to the state of Arizona and that, if SB-1070 is successfully implemented, its profits would be significantly padded as it would take responsibility for imprisoning immigrants arrested by Arizona police.

The company maintains that it “unequivocally, did not at any time lobby — nor did we have any outside consultants lobby — anyone in Arizona on the immigration law,” but direct lobbying would not be necessary with allies like Senseman and Coughlin working directly for Brewer.

If ever there were a law put in to place that would be guaranteed, just by virtue vice of its profitability, to be abused up and down the legal system... This would seem to be it. Especially when you consider how little regard many of the law's supporters already show towards all of SB-1070's intended victims.

[update] This story gets the Rachel Maddow treatment, and it is worth updating it with her video and, of course, the link to where she covers the story a bit on the Maddow Blog:

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Some further reading on Arizona and SB 1070:

Think about the coming redistricting as a result of the recent Census.

Imagine that many states that will gain a lot more Congressional weight through the Census results inevitable redistricting suddenly decided to chase a particular growing population from their state with certain targeted policies in order to achieve the goal of keeping these newly minted Congressional heavy weights in the hands of a political party that would otherwise be losing grip in the future.

And just imagine if they were already doing it to a large degree and with great success.

I guess you do not have to imagine it all, eh?

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"Ditat Deus," which is translated as "God Enriches." Maybe Governor Brewer thinks she is a prison for profit God?

Is that like a God Complex for the Prison Industrial Complex?