News Release

Statement from Commissioner Sandra D. Kennedy Regarding Political Contributions

From the Office of Commissioner Sandra D. Kennedy

For Immediate Release | 2-11-2021

Media Contact | Office of Commissioner Sandra D. Kennedy

Direct |  602-542-3933

E-Mail | SDKennedy-Web@azcc.gov

PHOENIX – It has recently come to light that monopoly energy providers regulated by the Arizona Corporation Commission have contributed significant funds to political candidates, including thousands of dollars to state legislators who participated in the attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.  On February 5, 2021, I sent a letter to Arizona Public Service Company and on February 9, 2021, I sent a letter to Southwest Gas Corporation asking whether ratepayers paying their energy bills each month were unknowingly financing political campaigns that may not be in their best interest.  It is incumbent on the Commission to ensure ratepayer dollars are being used responsibly and to the benefit of the ratepayer.  I want a full accounting of the purpose of these campaign expenditures and how exactly these expenditures benefit the ratepayers of Arizona.

You can contact Commissioner Kennedy by email at SDKennedy-web@azcc.gov and on Twitter @SandraDKennedy.  You can follow any case before the Commission on our website: edocket.azcc.gov.

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