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Second ACC Commissioner Found to be Lobbyist

Sedona AZ (September 16, 2016) – The following is a letter to the SedonaEye.com editor:

Arizona Corporation Commission Imploding as Another Commissioner is Found to be a Lobbyist
Information and Perspective by Warren Woodward
Sedona, Arizona ~ September 16, 2015

The ACC is tasked with the responsibility to protect AZ ratepayers by weighing the costs and benefits of all state utility requests.

The ACC is tasked with the responsibility to protect AZ ratepayers by weighing the costs and benefits of all state utility requests.

In addition to Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) commissioner (and Chair) Susan Smith being a lobbyist, it was just revealed by the Arizona Republic newspaper that ACC Commissioner Bob Burns is one too.

Burns claims it’s all a mistake, that he thought he had resigned. But Tom Ryan, the attorney who recently filed a complaint against Smith with the Arizona Attorney General, was quoted by the Republic thus:

“That doesn’t get him out of hot water,” he said of the resignation. “It just moves him to another part of the hot tub. You can’t do these things while running for office.”

The whole story is here: http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/energy/2015/09/15/second-regulator-found-registered-lobbyist-robert-burns/72260846/

For years I have detailed how corrupt the Arizona Corporation Commission is. On the “smart” meter issue since 2011, there was no other explanation for the commissioners willful blindness to facts and unrelenting push of a corporate agenda. Yes, incompetence is definitely a factor also at the ACC, and it could be argued that anyone who is corrupt must be incompetent to think they will not be outed.

ACC Commissioner Susan Bitter Smith

ACC Commissioner Susan Bitter Smith

The problem in Arizona (and elsewhere) is that outing does not necessarily mean consequences. So far for example, the ACC commissioners have been able to get away with their corruption and lawlessness despite it being news.

Our Attorney General’s office is useless. It has supposedly been investigating the ACC for months, but how they can do that without issuing a single search warrant?

So, to recap:

We have former commissioners Gary Pierce and Brenda Burns implicated in corruption and under investigation by the Attorney General.

That investigation also involves ACC Executive Director Jodi Jerich and commissioner Bob Stump. Stump actually destroyed state property (his cell phone) in what looks to many as evidence destruction.

ACC Commissioner Bob Burns

ACC Commissioner Bob Burns

(Note to Attorney General Mark Brnovich : Please supply a list of state property anyone can destroy without consequences. Is it more than just cell phones?)

According to state law, ACC commissioners Smith and Burns should not even be commissioners because they are lobbyists. But there they are.

Who does that leave? Oh right, commissioners Tom Forese and Doug Little who were elected with $3.2 million in campaign support widely believed to be from APS.

But they aren’t lobbyists. Really they aren’t.

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  1. Tom says:

    One word ???? CROOKS.

  2. Any idea, Warren, what if anything has been discussed about monthly charges for Smart Meters?

  3. Warren says:

    @ Eddie. No idea at this time..

  4. N. Baer says:

    Arizona Corporation Commission Transparency | Video

    The Arizona Corporation Commission has had more than its share of controversy recently. That has prompted commissioner Bob Burns to call for more transparency from the commission. Burns will discuss the issue.

    http://www.azpbs.org/arizonahorizon/detail.php?id=2789#Arizona Corporation Commission Transparency

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