- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A self-styled political watchdog group is calling on the chairwoman of the Arizona Corporation Commission to give up her lobbying and public affairs jobs because of potential conflicts of interest.

The group known as the Public Integrity Alliance sent Susan Bitter Smith a letter Thursday asking her to step down from two cable television associations, a job at Cox Communications and the lobbying and public relations firm she runs with her husband.

The call came two days after an attorney asked the state attorney general to begin removal proceedings against Bitter Smith because she lobbies for companies that have business before the commission.

Bitter Smith has said she’s never worked for a company that is regulated by the commission.


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