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Arizona utility regulator to hit APS with subpoena for political spending

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By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic

Utility regulator Sandra Kennedy said Tuesday she has ordered the preparation of a subpoena to reveal what Arizona Public Service Co. and its parent company have spent on elections going back to 2013.

The only Democrat on the five-member Corporation Commission said she expects APS and Pinnacle West Capital Corp. to comply with the subpoena, unlike a similar effort by Commissioner Robert Burns in 2016.

Like Burns, Kennedy wants to know whether APS was the source of $3.2 million in “dark money” used by political groups to help elect Republicans Doug Little and Tom Forese to the commission in 2014, as well as how much the state’s biggest utility spends on political efforts in general.

She invited her fellow commissioners to sign the subpoena.

“They can participate or not, I’m going forward,” Kennedy said. “Let’s get this done.”

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