Corporation commissioner to probe APS political spending

Corporation commissioner to probe APS political spending

PHOENIX (AP) – An Arizona Corporation Commissioner who was rebuffed after asking the state’s largest electric utility to disclose its political spending has launched a formal investigation into the company’s political and charitable spending.

Commissioner Bob Burns on Thursday sent a letter to the top executive at Arizona Public Service Co. notifying him of the investigation. The letter to APS Chairman Bob Brandt directs the company to allow inspection of its books for political spending, lobbying and charitable donations.

APS spokesman Jim McDonald says the utility is evaluating the letter.

APS has been the subject of ongoing speculation that it spent $3.2 million backing the 2014 elections of commissioners Tom Forese and Doug Little. The company won’t confirm or deny that it contributed to groups that backed the candidates.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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