“You can’t believe the corruption,” says Attorney Bill Mundell, candidate for Arizona Corporation Commission
Why isn’t Arizona the world capital of solar power? It’s a question that comes up all the time. The answer is that a five-man GOP board killed solar incentives while boosting rate hikes from dirty-technology electric companies.
The deceptively-named Arizona Corporation Commission, which is the state electric utility regulator, has been a cesspool of corruption that has crushed the incentives for homeowners to install rooftop solar panels.
Last year former Commission chairman Gary Pierce was indicted for taking bribes of $31,000 and property from a utility owner for Pierce’s vote in favor of a rate increase.
“It is the tip of the corruption iceberg. The Commission staff were calling me saying ‘you can’t believe the corruption and coziness between the commissioners and the utilities they’re supposed to be regulating,'” said Chandler attorney Bill Mundell, a former commissioner. He and former commissioner Sandra Kennedy are Democrats running for two open seats on the agency.
The two-year long saga of secretive “dark money” and the GOP culture of corruption surrounding the Arizona Corporation Commission came to a head this week in the televised debate on Arizona Horizon (video).
Arizona Corporation Commission candidates Bill Mundell, Tom Chabin, Andy Tobin, Boyd Dunn and Bob Burns debate Tuesday night at KAET-TV with host Ted Simons. (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)
The Arizona Capitol Times (subscription required) reported, Democratic Corp Comm candidates side with Burns, push for APS investigation:
The two Democrats running for the Arizona Corporation Commission showed solidarity with a current Republican commissioner over an outstanding investigation into a utility’s role in the 2014 commission election, telling voters electing the bipartisan trio the best way to push the investigation forward.
Former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bill Mundell filed to run for the Arizona Corporation Commission on February 5. Former state representative Tom Chabin also filed to run for the Arizona Corporation Commission on February 5. Both are running as Democrats as a team, and both are running as Clean Election candidates.
I do not find a web site for Bill Mundell (right), but you can go to the Secretary of State’s web site to Sign a Candidate Petition or Give $5 Qualifying Contribution.
Tom Chabin (right) has a web site where you can electronically sign his petition, make a a $5 Clean Elections contribution, and volunteer to work on his campaign. Support — Tom Chabin for Corporation Commission.
It was my understanding that there was to be a campaign kickoff event this week in Phoenix and Tucson, but this blog has not received a press release to date. (Hint: send us your press releases).
This is an opportunity to break the GOP culture of corruption at the Arizona Corporation Commission, which is now a captive regulatory agency of the utilities it is supposed to regulate (APS, SRP, TEP, etc.) The “dark money” melodrama that has been playing out at the Arizona Corporation Commission is a disgrace.
You’ve got to pity Rand Paul after Thursday night’s Fox “Fair and Balanced And Totally Not An Arm Of The GOP!” News Republican Presidential Primary debate. This is not just because of the embarrassing scuffle with Chris Christie. No, it’s more to do with Rand failing to be the natural successor to his dad Ron Paul as the “Ron Paul of 2016”. Paul père was never expected to win the nomination in either 2008 or 2012 but he did capture the enthusiasm of a sizable enough number of libertarian (mostly) dudebros to make a showing in both those primaries and dot the landscape with silly hand-painted looking signs. This was a sure path to Ron Paul’s lucrative retirement hawking financial scams. Continue reading
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