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Utility regulators vote 3-1 to let APS slide on political finance records

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Commissioner Bob Burns has long sought to have APS reveal money it spend on commission elections.

By Ryan Randazzo | The Republic

Arizona utility regulators voted 3-1 Tuesday to fire an attorney and allow Arizona Public Service Co. to openly defy one regulator’s orders to provide political finance records.

The five Arizona Corporation Commissioners had a brief, heated discussion over the matter. Commissioner Robert Burns issued subpoenas to APS and its parent company, Pinnacle West Capital Corp., last year. The Tuesday vote ends the legal action aimed at making the companies comply with those subpoenas.

Burns wanted to know if the companies were the source of $3.2 million in so-called “dark money” that helped get commissioners Tom Forese and Doug Little elected. The money went to independent political campaigns supporting the candidates.

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