Monday, October 20th, 2014

Political Consulting Firm Pitches Proposal To Arizona Public Service

A political consulting firm pitched a proposal to Arizona Public Service Company for a stealth campaign to change how the state regulates utilities. The Arizona Republic reports that the head of the consulting firm whose representatives made the 2009 pitch says they did that at APS' request. APS denies that, with CEO Don Brandt saying APS did not solicit the proposal and immediately rejected it. The consulting firm's former representatives also say the same thing. One now works for APS and the other works for a different firm that does work for APS. The 2009 proposal said APS could funnel money behind the scenes to groups to support having appointed members added to the Arizona Corporation Commission or giving the Legislature final say over utility rates.

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