Capitol Media Services: "Arizona Public Service and Pinnacle West Capital Corp., its parent company, say there’s no legal basis for the demand by state Corporation Commissioner Bob Burns for documents showing what the company has spent on political donations, charitable contributions and lobbying expenses."
The company claims a constitutional right not to disclose spending and argues that the commission has no right to subpoena he documents.
"Burns has focused on the companies because their spokesman has repeatedly refused to confirm or deny that APS or Pinnacle West were the source of any of the $3.2 million in anonymous donations poured into the 2014 commission race to help elect Republicans Tom Forese and Doug Little. Other utilities have said they stayed out of that race.
"The lawsuit comes less than a week before the Sept. 15 deadline that Burns set for the documents to be delivered to the commission, and less than a month before Burns’ demand that Don Brandt, the chief executive of both firms, answer commission questions under oath."