Here's an interesting twist on the APS Dark Money/Free Speech issue.
Goldwater Institute attorney Jon Riches explained in a letter sent Monday to APS President Donald Brandt that, because the utility is a regulated monopoly, and therefore has a captive market, electioneering done with ratepayer money could be seen as forcing their customers into funding the company’s political activity.
People have been asking me the difference between TUSK contributing to ACC races and APS contributing to those same races. I've pointed out that people can choose to buy from the TUSK members, but they must buy from APS. Vernon Parker has added that APS is using his own money against him. Goldwater has put this in a legal context.
There is long line of cases dealing with the speech activities of organizations that compel membership. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Post Script: The author of the story probably doesn't realize that this sentence is pejorative.
"A litigious libertarian think tank has asked..."