(This article was originally posted at ArizonasPolitics.com)
We need to call attention to an illuminating article by Ryan Randazzo in the Arizona Republic about the Arizona Attorney General’s Office making changes to the wording of Proposition 127 – the Clean Energy initiative on the November 6 ballot. Arizona Public Service is investing heavily in defeating the measure.
Randazzo includes a focus on the $425,000 that Pinnacle West (APS’ parent) sent to the Republican Attorneys General Association in 2014 to assist then-candidate Mark Brnovich in his campaign. (He indirectly credited Arizona’s Politics by citing columnist Laurie Roberts’ 2014 column citing our initial article.)
Arizona’s Politics was also the first to report that APS has contributed $50,000 (so far) to RAGA to re-elect Brnovich.
Our articles have hinted at the oddness of the APS/RAGA monies, as opposed to
the more obvious contributions to Corporation Commissioners, the Governor, and lawmakers at both the state and federal levels. And APS has defended itself with statements that it supports what it considers good governance at all levels.
This intervention by the AG’s office finally helps answer some of the questions that were raised – here and in Ms. Roberts’ new column – by the $475,000 (so far) that APS has sent to help AG Brnovich.
#50ShadesOfDarkMoney: Explanation of how RAGA “went dark” in ’14: http://bit.ly/AZp998 It now has a “40” shade of dark on our scale – as much of its money has come from the completely dark Judicial Crisis Network (currently focusing on the Kavanaugh nomination) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.