Commission could seek answers on APS spending in secretary of state race

Steve Benson

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror

Why did Arizona Public Service spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to help a corporation commissioner’s son get elected secretary of state?

It’s an unanswered question that’s still lingering from the utility company’s secret election spending binge from 2014. And it’s a question that the Corporation Commission could finally get some answers to when Pinnacle West and APS CEO Don Brandt, who will retire in November, appears before the commission on Wednesday.

Late last week, the commission added an item to the agenda for Wednesday’s special meeting. 

The commission had already been slated to question Brandt about APS rules about disconnection of power, an issue that came to the fore in June after it was revealed that an elderly woman in Sun City died after the company shut off her power on a 105-degree day over an unpaid $51 bill. 

Now, the commission’s agenda includes APS and Pinnacle West’s “campaign expenditures and political participation” in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

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