Case Studies in Regulatory Capture: The Arizona Corporation Commission. Kiana Sears, Water & Wastewater Executive Consultant (Public Utility Analyst) for the Arizona Corporation Commission, and Democratic Candidate for membership on the Commission, joins with Elliot Wood, Democratic Party Legislative Committee Member for Arizona Legislative District 13, for an analysis with Democratic Perspective host Stephen Williamson of the regulatory actions at issue in the upcoming Arizona Corporation Commission election.
With public utilities commissions in general, and Arizona’s Corporation Commission in particular, the sad fact is that most voters don’t even know that they exist, let alone who is on them, what they do, and how important their regulatory actions are to our overall quality of life. As a result, it’s often the case that lobbyists for the industries that these commissions are supposed to regulate are able to persuade them to act against the public interest without arousing any effective opposition from the public itself. If you want to know how this happens, and what we can do about it, listening to this podcast is a good place to start.