Public Corruption

Lt. Gov. Husted joins bank board — while he’s still in office

BY: - May 25, 2022

Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted says he doesn’t have a conflict of interest as a new board member of an Ohio bank — that’s regulated by the administration of which Husted is a part. Despite the denial, his new side gig is likely to add to ethics questions about an administration that has already had […]

Ohioans go hungry as state sits on a huge stack of money

BY: - May 24, 2022

Some food banks are slashing the amounts of food they give people. At the same time, Ohio and many other states are sitting on enormous piles of cash, and a spokesman for Gov. Mike DeWine was vague last week when asked how the governor would like to use that money.

Newly revealed texts suggest regulator knew rate hike was improper

BY: - May 20, 2022

More evidence emerged Friday that Ohioans for years have faced questionable utility increases that were granted out of possibly dubious motives. On June 19, 2019, FirstEnergy’s leaders were furiously pushing what would later be called one of the biggest bribery and money laundering schemes in Ohio history. The same day, the Ohio Supreme Court struck […]

Gov. DeWine is invested in Intel. But he won’t say how much

BY: - May 18, 2022

As Ohio negotiates almost a $2 billion incentive package with electronic chip maker Intel, Gov. Mike DeWine owns stock in the company, according to ethics disclosures that were due on Monday. However, the governor declined to say much about the investment beyond the very general information that is required under Ohio ethics law. Intel in […]

Medicaid director owned stock in companies she awarded huge contracts

BY: - May 17, 2022

Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran won’t discuss them, but state ethics filings she submitted on Sunday showed that she continued to own stock in three huge health care companies last year — the same year she negotiated and signed billion-dollar contracts with their subsidiaries. Outside ethics experts have said it’s a clear conflict of interest […]

After years, pharmacy-middleman suit might finally come to trial

BY: - May 16, 2022

Since at least 2016, Ohio pharmacists have been accusing large companies acting as pharmacy middlemen of abusive practices, which they deny. And since 2019, the state has been accusing them as well, in the form of lawsuits. Now, after years of wrangling in court, some of that litigation might be headed to trial. The middlemen, […]

Drugmakers, pharmacy middlemen sued over insulin prices

BY: - May 13, 2022

The companies that make prescription drugs and the pharmacy middlemen that buy them have been quick to blame each other for inflating prices. But now they’re being accused of conspiring to increase the cost of insulin, a lifesaving medicine for many with diabetes. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge made the allegations in a lawsuit that […]

JobsOhio says it’s not a public entity, but is that true?

BY: - May 10, 2022

Ohio’s economic developer, JobsOhio, is quick to say it’s a private, non-profit corporation and it’s quick to add that its hundreds of millions of dollars are private as well.  “JobsOhio is a private nonprofit corporation wholly funded by an independent private source — the profits from the JobsOhio Beverage System (JOBS) liquor enterprise — that […]

Government watchdog: Health care giants improperly denied Medicare benefits

BY: - May 6, 2022

The health care companies offering Medicare Advantage plans improperly denied services and payments at what might seem an alarming rate during a one-week test period in 2019, according to a government report released last week. The companies — many of which are also major players in the Ohio Medicaid system — improperly denied payment 18% […]

Experts: Whaley might actually have a shot in November

BY: - May 5, 2022

Anybody who’s been around Ohio politics for a minute knows this: It’s not the best use of your money to bet it against Mike DeWine. Since 1976, he’s been winning elections in the Buckeye State — first as Greene County Prosecutor, then in 1980 to the state Senate, then in 1982 to the U.S. House […]

Before bribery scandal, JobsOhio forgave a $12m loan to FirstEnergy to clean up a coal plant

BY: - May 2, 2022

JobsOhio gave FirstEnergy Corp., which later admitted to paying millions in bribes to a ranking politician and the state’s top utility regulator, a nearly $12 million loan in 2015 that was forgiven two years later. The Akron based company used the money to clean up a coal fired power plant in Belmont County that it […]

Justice DeWine may have a conflict, but he calls his colleagues “rogue”

BY: - April 28, 2022

In a case that might be seen as throwing stones from a glass house, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine earlier this month tore into four of his colleagues when he wrote a dissenting opinion. “With each iteration of these cases, it becomes more evident that a rogue majority is simply exercising raw political power,” […]