PHOENIX (AP) – An Arizona Corporation Commissioner who was rebuffed after asking the state’s largest electric utility to disclose its political spending has launched a formal investigation into the company’s political and charitable spending.
Commissioner Bob Burns on Thursday sent a letter to the top executive at Arizona Public Service Co. notifying him of the investigation. The letter to APS Chairman Bob Brandt directs the company to allow inspection of its books for political spending, lobbying and charitable donations.
APS spokesman Jim McDonald says the utility is evaluating the letter.
APS has been the subject of ongoing speculation that it spent $3.2 million backing the 2014 elections of commissioners Tom Forese and Doug Little. The company won’t confirm or deny that it contributed to groups that backed the candidates.
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