- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says a single member of the Arizona Corporation Commission can require regulated utilities to disclose whether they spent money to influence an election.

The legal opinion issued Wednesday clears the way for Commissioner Bob Burns to review the books of Arizona Public Service Co. Burns asked APS to allow him to review its political and charitable spending in December.

APS has been the subject of ongoing speculation that it spent $3.2 million backing the 2014 elections of two commissioners. The company won’t confirm or deny that it contributed to groups backing the candidates.

Burns said the alleged campaign contributions make the public look at the commission “with suspicion and mistrust.”

APS spokesman Jim McDonald says the utility is evaluating the opinion. Burns says at first glance the opinion appears to be a victory for transparency.

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