Public Corruption

DeWine might use former president of dark money group to lobby for another nuclear bailout

BY: - August 5, 2020

Not only does he intend to keep Dan McCarthy in his administration, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine might use McCarthy to lobby the legislature for another nuclear bailout. McCarthy, DeWine’s legislative affairs director, is a former lobbyist for FirstEnergy who set up a dark money group that funneled millions of corporate dollars into a second dark-money […]

Bipartisan Ohio campaign finance reform bill has secretary of state’s support

BY: - August 4, 2020

If you can follow the money, state Rep. Gayle Manning reasons, you can follow what’s going on. That’s the main drive behind a new bill proposed by Manning, R-North Ridgeville, and Rep. Jessica Miranda, D-Forest Park, which seeks to reform Ohio’s campaign finance landscape through shining light on anonymous political spending. Their House Bill 737 […]

Former Dem leader says he failed to stop massive corruption scandal

BY: - August 3, 2020

Anybody in the know about Ohio politics has a perspective on what federal law enforcement is calling the biggest bribery scandal in state history.  But nobody could have had the same perspective that Fred Strahorn did when news broke on July 21 that Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder had been arrested on charges that he […]

Ohio House votes to remove Householder as speaker, elects Cupp

BY: - July 30, 2020

The Ohio House of Representatives voted Thursday to remove Speaker Larry Householder as the chamber’s leader, then hours later elevated state Rep. Bob Cupp to serve as the next Speaker of the House. Cupp, 69, a former Ohio Supreme Court justice, was chosen to guide the legislative chamber following the arrest of Householder as part […]

How two state legislatures passed two FirstEnergy bailouts on the same day

BY: - July 27, 2020

In a 24-hour span last summer, two state legislatures passed two separate bailouts that will divert millions of taxpayer dollars annually into FirstEnergy coffers. In Ohio, lawmakers passed House Bill 6 on July 23, 2019, which tacks an 85-cent monthly surcharge on ratepayers and $2,400 for industrial customers to bail out two FirstEnergy Solutions nuclear […]

DeWine reverses on alleged corrupt bailout, won’t condemn aide’s dark money group

BY: - July 24, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine on Thursday reversed a position he’d taken a day earlier. He said that although he still supported a ratepayer bailout of two Northern Ohio nuclear plants, the state legislature should “repeal and replace” an existing law that federal prosecutors say is the product of a criminal conspiracy. But although DeWine said […]

Three GOP candidates pledge to return donations from Householder 

BY: - July 23, 2020

A trio of Republican candidates for state representative say they will return or give away money donated to them by Speaker Larry Householder’s campaign committee. The three are Tom Young, Brian Stewart and Marilyn John. Young is the Republican nominee for the 42nd District in Montgomery County. He received a max donation of $13,292 in […]

Voter referendum on nuclear bailout had signature collection targeted, criminal complaint says

BY: - July 23, 2020

The criminal complaint against Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four political operatives lays out alleged bribes made to signature collectors for a voter referendum on a nuclear bailout, along with a comprehensive campaign to hire signature collection companies, just so those companies couldn’t work against the bailout effort, House Bill 6. Householder is charged […]

Here are the officials calling on Speaker Householder to resign

BY: - July 23, 2020

Ohio lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are calling on Speaker Larry Householder to resign in the wake of his arrest Tuesday on federal racketeering charges. They join four statewide officials and the chairs of both state political parties in calling for Householder to step down. While exiting a court building on Tuesday, Householder […]

Unidentified Ohio House rep gave FBI texts, testimony against Speaker in bribery case

BY: - July 22, 2020

The state representative wanted to explain his opposition to bailing out two failing nuclear power plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions. A high-powered lobbyist, who federal prosecutors allege was involved in a $61 million racketeering scheme operated by the Speaker of the House and others in his “enterprise” to pass the bailout, wasn’t having it. “No […]

Ohio House speaker, four others arrested amid massive dark-money, pay-to-play allegations

BY: - July 21, 2020

An ugly campaign for a taxpayer-funded corporate bailout was itself funded by an even uglier criminal conspiracy, federal law enforcement officials said Tuesday. Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, four political operatives and a dark-money group were charged Tuesday in a criminal complaint that an Ohio energy company paid them $61 million to get a $1.3 […]

FirstEnergy money flowed to Ohio politicians who supported Householder-backed HB6 

BY: - July 21, 2020

FirstEnergy Solutions said it needed a government bailout to continue operating. It still had hundreds of thousands of dollars available to donate to Ohio politicians. The Akron-based energy company spent years working toward what would become House Bill 6 — passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature and signed by Gov. Mike DeWine in the summer […]