APS Friday Document Dump Reveals Gold, $10.6 Million Spent On 2014 ACC Race

Arizona Corporation Commission 2017

After years of fighting Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Burns over the release of its political expenditure records, Arizona Public Service Company (APS) turned over some of the information in a Friday afternoon document dump.

With Commissioner Boyd Dunn joining Burns in the demand for information on February 27, 2019, and Commissioner Sandra Kennedy’s administrative subpoena dated March 1, 2019, APS had little choice.

“The Commissioners have asked us to provide information that goes beyond what current law requires,” wrote APS vice-president Barbara Lockwood. “Today we are voluntarily providing that information with the hope of putting the past behind us, so that together we can turn our full attention to serving customers with clean, reliable and affordable electricity to power Arizona’s future.”

For years, Burns has been demanding information regarding political contributions made by APS and its parent company, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, in the 2014 Arizona Corporation Commission race.

APS had previously released some information on political spending for 2015, 2016 and 2017, but fought the release of its 2014 spending on the campaigns of Commissioners Tom Forese and Doug Little.

Because, the Arizona Corporation Commission regulates the utility company, many have argued that the commissioners are ‘captives’ of the utility because they rely on them for campaign contributions.

 

“Chairman Burns and Commissioner Dunn also requested information on any written correspondence between a Commissioner and APS or Pinnacle West or its employees related to solicitations or contributions for charitable organizations,” wrote Lockwood. “After conducting extensive research, we are not aware of any such communications and to the best of our knowledge no such communications occurred.”

However, as the ADI reported in 2018, Commissioner Andy Tobin, who headed up the Arizona Legislative Academy, appears to have at least enjoyed the benefits of charitable contributions from the utility giant.

Related article: Tobin, Legislator’s Trade Trip To Mexico Raise Questions About Conflicts

APS OUTSIDE LOBBYING EXPENSES 2013 – 2018
YEARTOTAL EXPENSES
2013$704,204
2014$718,406
2015$373,226
2016$465,182
2017$455,707
2018$345,789
APS/PINNACLE WEST ADVERTISING & MARKETING EXPENSES 2013 – 2018
YEARAPS TOTAL EXPENDITURESPINNACLE WEST TOTAL EXPENDITURES
2013$5,251,189$3,677,013
2014$8,907,475$3,723,946
2015$3,999,925$3,896.234
2016$3,816,198$3,981,946
2017$3,739,082$4,004,028
2018$8,891,357$5,137,983
PINNACLE WEST POLITICAL PARTICIPATION
2013
Arizona Free Enterprise Club$25,000
Arizona Prosperity Alliance$288,250
Center To Protect Patient Rights$200,000
2014
ARIZONA DEMOCRATIC PARTY$25,000
Arizona Republican Party$188,500
Dodie Londen EIPSS$25,000
House Victory$5,000
Republican Attorney’s General Association$425,000
Republican Governors Association$50,000
Senate Victory PAC$5,000
Arizona Cattle Feeders Association$1,371,450
Arizona Free Enterprise Club$5,870,000
Arizona Future Fund$100,000
Arizona Prosperity Alliance$801,500
Citizens For A Working America INC$25,000
Friends For Arizonas Future$50,000
Friends Of Arizona$421,700
Save Our Future Now$13,000
Save Our Future Now FN2$3,500,00
2015
Arizona Democratic Party$50,000
Arizona Republican Party$110,000
Dodie Londen Series$25,000
Democratic Attorneys General Association$25,000
Republican Governors Association$50,000
Senate Leadership Fund$30,000
Edison Electric Institute$13,150
Nuclear Energy Institute$13,150
U.S. Chamber of Commerce$30,000
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce$11,250
Arizona Chamber of Commerce$42,728
Electronic Drive Transportation Association$5,670
New Mexico Utilities Shareholder Alliance$3,960

3 Comments

  1. Finally APS rate payers can rest easy in the knowledge that it wasn’t just cooperate greed alone driving those inflated electric bills, it was election meddling.
    What a relief!

    The Oracle

  2. There are two sides to the coin – they would not spend this kind of money if it did not have any effect. Did the recipients expect to receive donations? What would have been the result if these payments/donations were not made?

  3. That’s why we need reform. The Outlaw Dirty Money campaign has started again:
    info@outlawdirtymoney,com. Check ’em out and join the struggle!

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