- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona’s attorney general has found no evidence that state Corporation Commissioner Bob Burns should be removed from office because of alleged ties to a telecommunications group.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Friday that his office completed their investigation following a complaint filed against Burns.

According to the findings, Burns has never been paid by the Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council nor has he lobbied for the group.

Burns says the investigation affirms his previous statements.

The Arizona Corporation Commission experienced a shake-up earlier this month with the resignation of Commissioner Susan Bitter Smith.

Brnovich wanted Bitter Smith removed due to her work as a cable television industry lobbyist and cable TV association director, saying her role on the panel was a conflict of interest.

Bitter Smith denied the accusation.

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