Bob Stump of Arizona Corporation Commission Used Personal Email for Public Business During Hottest Period of Solar Debates
2015-05-7
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was rightly questioned for holding out on efforts to get policy-relevant emails she sent from a personal email account during her term at the U.S. State Department. So far, Commissioner Bob Stump, his Policy Advisor Amanda Ho, and the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) legal staff appear to be engaging… Read more »
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Arizona Captured Regulators Controversy Grows
2015-05-5
The Arizona Republic published on Sunday, May 3, 2015, a lengthy  front-page article by Reporter Ryan Randazzo that examines continuing questions of impropriety by the Arizona Corporation Commission, including allegations by whistleblower Antonio Gill. Among the claims by Gill are that former Commission Chairman Gary Pierce took part in approximately 14 secret meetings, which Gill… Read more »
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Accuracy Happens: A Fossil Fuel Pundit’s Funding Is Exposed
2015-04-29
Charles Koch?…. “His organization just sends me money.” Something unusual and encouraging just happened, and few people likely noticed. In 2013, Checks and Balances Project broke important ground by documenting the remarkable effectiveness of front groups funded by the fossil fuel lobby. In our True Ties report, we uncovered how these groups position themselves as… Read more »
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Checks and Balances Project Prepares to Sue Arizona Corporation Commission to Enforce Public Access to Records
2015-04-14
Watchdog Seeks Commissioner Bob Stump’s Text Messages with APS Lobbyists, Executives about Customer Access to Low-Cost Solar  April 14, 2015 – Checks and Balances Project (C&BP) announced today that it has hired Dan Barr of Perkins-Coie to prepare a lawsuit to enforce public access to records of Commissioner Bob Stump of the Arizona Corporation Commission concerning… Read more »
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Nevada’s Rooftop Solar Growth Threatened by Warren Buffett
2015-04-13
NV Energy parent admits rooftop solar programs cut into utility profits   Nevada has more solar jobs per capita than any other state and with 300+ days of sunshine per year, the sky could be the limit for carbon-free energy production from rooftop solar.  Then why is NV Energy, owned by Warren Buffet and Nevada’s… Read more »
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Checks & Balances Project Calls On Arizona Attorney General to Investigate Anti-Solar Push Poll
2015-03-23
Today, the Checks and Balances Project sent a letter to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich asking that he investigate whether or not Arizona Public Service (APS) is connected with efforts by the Virginia-based Taxpayers Protection Alliance to conduct a door-to-door push poll designed solely to discredit the residential solar industry in Arizona. If APS is connected,… Read more »
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Captured Regulators Initiative
Checks and Balances Project Launches Captured Regulators Initiative
2015-02-25
Influence peddling in America is a $9 billion a year industry. It’s as big as Major League Baseball or NASA’s Mars spacecraft program, changing from direct meetings with lawmakers to a vertically integrated set of businesses that work every stage of government decision making – including the shaping of public opinion. Many have charted the… Read more »
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Op-Ed: Leniency for McDonnell would send wrong signal
2015-01-15
This op-ed was originally posted by the Daily Progress of Charlottesville, Virginia, on Sunday, January 4, 2015. by Scott Peterson Is this the time for leniency? Former Gov. Bob McDonnell is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge James Spencer on Jan. 6. But with Virginia ranked 47th out of 50 states on the… Read more »
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