From the Offices of Chairman Bob Burns and Commissioner Boyd Dunn

  For Immediate Release | 2-27-19      
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Commissioners Seek Information from APS on Political Spending

Chairman Burns and Commissioner Dunn issue joint request seeking transparency

 
 
PHOENIX — Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Burns and Commissioner Boyd Dunn today issued a letter to Arizona Public Service Company (APS) and its affiliates asking for information on its political spending related to Corporation Commission elections and related charitable donations.

"Transparency and disclosure are essential to the accountability of public service corporations, the Commissioners, and the Commission as a whole," Chairman Burns and Commissioner Dunn wrote in a joint letter posted to the Corporation Commission's online docket.

"I am very encouraged at seeing the Commission coming together on this extremely important issue of transparency and am pleased to join with Commissioner Dunn in this effort," said Chairman Burns.

"We are seeking disclosure of any and all expenditures made to, or on behalf of candidates for the ACC during the last four election cycles," said Commissioner Dunn.

The jointly authored letter calls for APS to voluntarily produce the material requested in an attached subpoena. The Commissioners state the intent of their request seeks to allow the public service corporation to respond voluntarily. If there is no response, the Commissioners are prepared to issue the subpoena.

"This is a necessary step to assure all ratepayers, public service corporations, stakeholders, interested parties, and the public that the Commission operates with integrity," wrote the Commissioners. "Our focus is on getting answers and that means the subpoena, if issued, must stand up in court," said Commissioner Dunn. "We drafted this subpoena so we are in the best position to win in the event of a legal challenge."

"With the hoped for voluntary cooperation of APS & Pinnacle West I anticipate we can achieve an acceptable level of transparency without the undue cost of legal action," said Chairman Burns. A copy of the Commissioner's joint letter may be found in a newly established docket on edocket.azcc.gov under docket E-01345A-19-0043.
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About Chairman Bob Burns:

Bob Burns, current Chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission, has served the State of Arizona for over 30 years, spending 20 years in the state legislature and two years on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board of Directors before becoming a Corporation Commissioner. He's spent his time in public life protecting Arizona taxpayers and ensuring that the state stays on the forefront of emerging technologies and energy efficiency. Chairman Burns is currently the longest-serving member of the Arizona Corporation Commission, beginning his tenure in January of 2013.

About Commissioner Boyd Dunn:

Boyd Dunn was elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission in November 2016. A retired Superior Court Judge, former Chandler Mayor and former Assistant Attorney General, Commissioner Dunn has a long history of serving the public. He leads the Commission's current effort to build an elaborate Code of Ethics for its members.


The Arizona Corporation Commission was established by the state's constitution to regulate public utilities and business incorporation. The Corporation Commission is Arizona's co-equal, fourth branch of government. The five Commissioners elected to the Corporation Commission oversee executive, legislative, and judicial proceedings on behalf of Arizonans when it comes to their water, electricity, telephone, and natural gas resources as well as the regulation of securities, pipeline, and railroad safety. To learn more about the Arizona Corporation Commission and its Commissioners, visit http://www.azcc.gov.