Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is seeking a court order to oust state Corporation Commissioner Chairwoman Susan Bitter Smith an elected official. The AG says Smith being on the CC is a conflict of interest because she is a registered lobbyist and Executive Director of a cable communications trade group regulated by the Commission. Smith has not commented on the AG actions and the state’s Corporation Commission is refusing comment. That body is made up of 5 elected PUBLIC SERVANTS.
Wow! Talk about having all of the ends tied up! Smith is not only a member of the CC but is also Chairwoman and she’s a lobbyist and Exec Director of a Cable trade group which must get CC approval for raising their rates to customers. NOW I finally understand why the ARIZONA CORPORATION COMMISSION has been nothing more or less than a RUBBER STAMP for the corporations! What a RACKET!! But this is the way the Corporatist operate.
For Smith’s bio see: http://www.azcc.gov/commissioners/Bitter_Smith/default.html