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July 16, 2018

Coffey Tape Reveals Illegal Donations (AUDIO)

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The following is a press release from Michigan public radio reporter, and former Anchorage radio personality Aaron Selbig. The audio tape is the subject of this week’s Alaska Dispatch News, and Mudflats column by Shannyn Moore. Her commentary can be found HERE.

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The audiotape of former Anchorage Assembly members Dan Coffey and Bill Starr discussing illegal campaign contributions first aired February 26, 2008 on the Aaron Selbig Show on KUDO 1080AM. It was later replayed by KUDO hosts Camille Conte and Shannyn Moore.

The tape came to Selbig after it was recorded on the home answering machine of former Anchorage Assembly member Alan Tesche, who passed away in 2009. Tesche shared the recording with Selbig, and his producer J.R. Zufelt. He gave permission to reveal its origin.

In the tape, you can hear Dan Coffey and Bill Starr discussing illegal campaign contributions made to multiple Assembly candidates. The tape is unedited, except to clean up audio quality. It’s believed the conversation was the result of a “butt dial” – an accidental call from Coffey to Tesche.

“I think it’s important for Anchorage voters to have this information as they decide on a new mayor,” said Selbig, who has since moved to Michigan, where he is a public radio reporter.

An online version of the tape can be found HERE.

 

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8 Responses to “Coffey Tape Reveals Illegal Donations (AUDIO)”
  1. FrostyAK says:

    This is Alaska, where stupidity seems to reign supreme. This could be publicized on all stations every day, and the average Alaskan would be ‘too busy’ to notice. That’s why AK has the government it does.

  2. Alaska Pi says:

    Thank you AKM and Shannyn!
    This kind of horsepunky is endemic to small-town human activities, which means Alaska is full of it… amongst other things it is full of .
    Hmph.
    Poor ole trollie shaneholt doesn’t get it . as per normal, am guessing half of ANC doesn’t either and hope to frickin gawd the important half does get what y’all are saying here.
    C’mon ANC- the rest of the state is getting tired of you falling for this crap and callin us rubes cuz we call you out on it…
    What ya goin to do this go round?

  3. mike from iowa says:

    Rilly need to see the transcript. I can’t follow the conversations with poor hearing. I thought towards the end of the tape the radio host included Dan Sullivan’s name. Is that right?

    • Dagian says:

      For the sake of those of us blessed with a genetic propensity for mid-range hearing loss, I wish to second Mike’s suggestion.

      Also to hang my head in shame because I misspelled your name as Shannon rather than Shannyn. I will go eat soak a horse’s pastern in a mild brine solution after consuming sauerkraut.

    • Dagian says:

      For the sake of those of us blessed with a genetic propensity for mid-range hearing loss, I wish to second Mike’s suggestion.

      Also to hang my head in shame because I misspelled your name as Shannon rather than Shannyn. I will go soak a horse’s pastern in a mild brine solution after consuming sauerkraut (treatment for scratches/dew poisoning/whatever it is he picked up)..

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