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Greatest share of Pinnacle West 2016 political spending went to ACC race

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By Rachel Leingang | Arizona Capitol Times

The parent company of the state’s largest utility spent more than $10 million on political ventures in 2016, according to an annual report released Friday.

But, notably, the company did not disclose any previous spending on electioneering. Political spending by dark money groups on the 2014 Arizona Corporation Commission has become a constant hot-button issue, leading to subpoenas and now a lawsuit from Commissioner Bob Burns seeking to disclose alleged spending by the utility company.

The full report of political contributions “goes beyond our legal requirements” for disclosure, APS spokeswoman Anna Stewart said in a statement.

The report consolidates all the political spending into one place, though many of the contributions were already public in various campaign finance reports and the company’s 10K financial filing, Stewart said.

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