Public Corruption

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., speaks during a press conference at Hudson County Community College’s North Hudson Campus on Sept. 25, 2023 in Union City, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Menendez urged to step down by a growing number of U.S. Senate Democrats

BY: and - September 27, 2023

WASHINGTON — More than two dozen U.S. Senate Democrats including Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown are calling on New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez to resign following his indictment on corruption charges for the second time. Among the 29 senators on the record as of Wednesday was New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, who said in […]

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration hearing on Capitol Hill on Dec. 16, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Menendez steps down temporarily as U.S. Senate committee chairman amid federal charges

BY: - September 26, 2023

WASHINGTON — New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez will temporarily step aside as chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee following a federal indictment for conspiracy to commit bribery and other charges. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer made the announcement Friday afternoon, saying in a written statement that “Senator Menendez has rightly decided to […]

Anti-democratic moves by state lawmakers raise fears for 2024 election

BY: - September 25, 2023

In Wisconsin, Republican lawmakers are threatening to impeach both the state’s election administrator, who is highly regarded nationally, and a state Supreme Court justice despite a ruling by the state’s judicial commission that the justice had done nothing wrong — effectively nullifying a recent statewide election she won, Democrats say. In North Carolina, a bill […]

Attorneys dig up thousands of new documents in case against FirstEnergy

BY: - September 22, 2023

Lawyers for pension and investment funds suing Akron-based FirstEnergy report that as they press the company for documents relating to alleged bribery, the company is finding thousands more. Meanwhile, the U.S. Justice Department isn’t commenting on rumors that further charges might be filed next month in the biggest bribery and money-laundering scandal in Ohio history. […]

Economists: Suing energy companies for concealing climate change would correct market, help society

BY: - September 21, 2023

More than 40 years ago, internal research at Exxon led the company’s scientists to predict that burning fossil fuels would warm the environment in a way that would have “dramatic environmental effects before the year 2050,” internal company memos said. But after the energy company’s executives decided that public knowledge of the research might crimp […]

A fire large enough to be seen from space erupted at a crude oil refinery at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex on June 21, 2019, in Philadelphia. The refinery exceeded emission limits for benzene, a toxic pollutant, both before the explosion and for two years after it closed, but the EPA took no action against it, according to a report from the EPA’s inspector general office. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

Report faults EPA for not enforcing limits on toxic benzene emissions at oil refineries

BY: - September 20, 2023

The federal Environmental Protection Agency must do a better job ensuring that oil refineries that exceed emissions limits for benzene, a toxic, carcinogenic pollutant, cut those concentrations, the agency’s inspector general found. “Thirteen of the 118 refineries we reviewed had benzene concentrations above the action level in 20 or more weeks after the initial exceedance,” […]

Analysis: Paying to warm the planet. Corrupt utility law forces Ohioans to make climate worse

BY: - September 19, 2023

It seems crazy that people would be forced to pay to make themselves and their planet sicker. But thanks to a crooked utility law that the Ohio General Assembly refuses to repeal, that’s just what’s happening in the Buckeye State. The notion that rising greenhouse gasses could warm the planet goes back at least to […]

Ohio Sec. of State LaRose’s office move amid U.S. Senate candidacy raises ethical questions

BY: - September 15, 2023

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has decided it’s a good idea to both oversee Ohio’s U.S. Senate election as the state’s chief elections officer and house part of his campaign for the seat in the same building. But the arrangement, which LaRose has done little to explain, raises serious questions about potential conflicts of […]

Former U.S. attorney general warns of Ohio legislative attempts to cut court power

BY: - September 13, 2023

Some state legislatures are working to diminish the power of courts, imperiling the American system of checks and balances, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wrote Tuesday. He used Ohio as exhibit A. Holder, attorney general under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2015, warned of an “alarming pattern” in an op-ed published by the […]

Ohio senators introduce bills to prevent another bribery scandal from happening

BY: - September 11, 2023

To prevent an even bigger and more embarrassing bribery scandal from taking place, Ohio lawmakers introduced two bills to stop public corruption. When a consumer pays their utility bill — it’s not just for their lights. Part of what they pay for is for utility companies’ political endeavors. Ohio learned the hard way that this […]

Fulton grand jury recommended charges against Perdue and Loeffler in 2020 election case

BY: - September 11, 2023

A Fulton County special grand jury recommended that prosecutors file criminal charges against former Georgia U.S. Sens. David Perdue  and Kelly Loeffler and Sen. Lindsey Graham in the sweeping 2020 presidential election interference case. The grand jury report released Friday reveals that the panel believed that the three U.S. senators and Michael Flynn, a former […]

Ohio utilities’ efficiency programs among the worst in wake of corrupt utility law, report says

BY: - September 5, 2023

Ohio-based AEP responded last week to questions for this story, which incorrectly said it didn’t. It’s been updated. House Bill 6 wasn’t only a bad law because it involved $61 million in bribes in exchange for a $1.3 billion utility bailout.  Most of the bailout payments have been repealed, but somehow the law — the […]