Public Corruption

FirstEnergy firings prompt regulatory audit in nuclear bailout scandal

BY: - November 11, 2020

It slipped under the radar last week, but on the day after the presidential election the Public Utility Commission of Ohio ordered a management audit of Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. to determine whether it abided by separation rules when it spun off its nuclear reactors in 2016.

Not a single HB 6 ‘yes’ vote lost their election. Some ‘no’ votes did.

BY: - November 6, 2020

The scandal surrounding House Bill 6 took out the speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives. It has dominated the newspages and airwaves for months. It was the subject of countless campaign attack ads.  In the end, voters didn’t seem to care. The scandal implicating former Speaker Larry Householder and his effort to get a […]

Two men tied to Householder corruption probe plead guilty

BY: - October 29, 2020

Two men charged alongside former GOP House Speaker Larry Householder in an alleged racketeering operation channeled through the Ohio Statehouse pleaded guilty to one felony federal charge each Thursday afternoon. The pleas mark the first known convictions in the Householder affair and an early victory for prosecutors. They also raise the possibility of the men […]

Democrats, Republicans seek to pin Householder scandal on each other

BY: - October 22, 2020

Larry Householder has gone from the Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives to the pariah of Ohio politics.  The Republican’s name has appeared in advertisements from both political parties this election season, as the two sides have attempted to pin alleged corruption at the Ohio Statehouse on each other.  Democrats have accused various Republican […]

Power company says utility commission has no power to investigate role in bailout scandal

BY: - October 1, 2020

An Akron-based utility company that figures prominently in a massive nuclear bailout scandal is saying that state regulators don’t have the authority to investigate whether the company improperly financed the bailout effort. Over the past week, FirstEnergy Corp. has filed two documents with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio saying that the commission and the […]

Householder, on trial for corruption, gets endorsement from home county

BY: - October 1, 2020

For two months, Rep. Larry Householder has ignored widespread calls to resign following his arrest and alleged involvement in what prosecutors say is the biggest bribery scheme in Ohio political history. Though he is on trial for racketeering, the Glenford Republican still serves as a state representative and has plenty of support from his native […]

FirstEnergy says it didn’t have “strategic direction” of nuclear plants during bailout scandal

BY: - September 29, 2020

FirstEnergy is trying to distance itself from a massive corruption scandal that has gripped the Statehouse since July, but it's unclear whether federal or state officials are buying it.

Ohio AG files suit in mammoth bribery scandal

BY: - September 24, 2020

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost on Wednesday sued the players in a massive scandal that continues to roil state politics.  Yost is seeking to stop a $1.3 billion ratepayer bailout from flowing to a Northern Ohio electric utility after a rate hike to pay for it that is scheduled to start Jan. 1. And he’s […]

Consumer advocate again demanding independent probe of FirstEnergy

BY: - September 23, 2020

Ohio's official consumer advocate is again asking that regulators mount an independent investigation into whether a Northern Ohio utility improperly used ratepayer funds to fuel what federal prosecutors called the biggest bribery scandal in state history.

Alleged Householder texts about nuclear bailout are MIA, House says

BY: - September 15, 2020

Prosecutors say they have a text message sent from then-House Speaker Larry Householder seeking to pressure a fellow lawmaker to vote for a bill at the center of a criminal pay-to-play scheme — a text that an ally allegedly sought to get deleted.  However, the House of Representatives said Friday in response to a records […]

Consumer advocate wants to know where utility got $60M from in alleged bribery scandal

BY: - September 10, 2020

Ohio's official utility watchdog wants to know where Akron-based FirstEnergy got the $60 million that federal prosecutors say fueled the largest bribery scandal in Ohio history.

House committee to hear first effort to repeal House Bill 6

BY: - September 8, 2020

In early 2019, then-Speaker of the House Larry Householder created a new legislative committee for the purpose of crafting a nuclear bailout bill. In the wake of a bribery scandal involving that bill, the new Speaker of the House Bob Cupp has announced a new committee intent on getting it repealed. The Lima Republican announced […]