Public Corruption

LaRose says Dems might wreck election integrity, touts Trump, who’s suspected of election fraud

BY: - April 27, 2022

Ohio’s top elections official on Sunday tweeted that if Democrats win in Ohio they might undermine secure elections. Then he boasted of an endorsement from someone who is himself under investigation for possible election fraud. It might demonstrate the needle Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is trying to thread as he runs on a […]

FirstEnergy deposition looms in shareholder lawsuit for bribery, misleading investors

BY: - April 25, 2022

It has been nine months since FirstEnergy Corp. admitted to federal prosecutors that it bribed Ohio’s top utility regulator and the speaker of the Ohio House. Investors in the electric utility may soon get the chance to ask a few follow-up questions about how the $64 million operation came together. Besides the criminal allegations against […]

Louisiana sues health care company over practices under investigation in Ohio

BY: - April 22, 2022

Louisiana is suing health care giant UnitedHealth over several business practices, saying it is seeking “to recover billions of dollars in inflated prescription-drug prices” for the state Medicaid program. Among its allegations, the state accuses the company of gaming federal oversight reports meant to ensure that at least 85% of the money it gets from […]

Ohio Bribery Scandal Hits Home in Md. — and Utility Customers May Be Footing the Bill

BY: - April 22, 2022

Two summers ago, the powerful speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and four of his political associates were arrested in a high-profile bribery scandal. The aftershocks are still being felt in Maryland. It’s a scandal of breathtaking proportions and has had far-reaching consequences in Ohio and beyond. Larry Householder (R), then the House speaker, […]

Judge orders FirstEnergy to turn over records tied to bribery scandal

BY: - April 21, 2022

An administrative judge for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio once again ordered FirstEnergy Corp. to hand over thousands of documents to a watchdog state agency, partially rebuffing the company’s request for a four-month delay. The ruling Wednesday caps off a drawn-out fight over records the company has already given to federal regulators for an […]

Ohio federal court plans to intervene without legislative redistricting plan by May

BY: - April 21, 2022

A federal court says without action in the latest legislative redistricting process, they will institute a previously rejected map into the 2022 election. The three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division has previously held back from making decisions in the uncertain redistricting effort concerning state Senate and […]

Consulting firm that worked for the feds had conflicts. What about another that worked for Ohio?

BY: - April 19, 2022

Can Ohioans be confident that a consulting firm paid almost $10 million by taxpayers last year to assist in a $22 billion procurement didn’t have conflicts of interest?  The firm hasn’t answered whether any of the Medicaid managed-care bidders were also its clients. And Ohio officials don’t appear to have much interest in digging out […]

OSU denies it was fighting sex-abuse victims’ ability to sue

BY: - April 15, 2022

After this story was published, Ohio State on Friday announced additional settlements with survivors of sexual abuse. The story has been updated with that information. In 2019, top Ohio State officials quietly worked to kill a bill that would have waived the statute of limitations for sexual-abuse victims to sue the school, an investigation by […]

FirstEnergy fights to slow-walk subpoena for records tied to bribery case

BY: - April 12, 2022

Despite public promises of transparency, FirstEnergy Corp. is fighting a legal battle to slow-walk its production of documents subpoenaed by a consumer watchdog agency related to the company’s self-professed bribery operation. FirstEnergy, which owns three electric utilities in Ohio, has already successfully narrowed the scope of the documents it was ordered to turn over related […]

That’s privileged: Medicaid won’t say what it did to justify denying records

BY: - April 7, 2022

The Ohio Department of Medicaid is denying public access to oversight reports submitted by its billion-dollar managed-care contractors. But it won’t describe the process it used in determining that information in the reports qualifies as trade secrets. That information is privileged, said a spokeswoman for the department, which claims to value transparency. Even though some […]

Former DeWine aide warned governor about utility regulator before the FBI raided his home

BY: - April 4, 2022

More than two years before FirstEnergy Corp. admitted to paying Ohio’s top utility regulator a $4.3 million bribe, Mike DeWine’s former campaign treasurer warned senior aides to the new governor about the eventual nominee’s “opaque and undisclosed” financial ties to the company. The warning came in a 198-page dossier alleging Sam Randazzo — a lawyer […]

Ohio Medicaid claims it’s more transparent than other states

BY: - March 30, 2022

After refusing to disclose federal watchdog reports, the Ohio Department of Medicaid last week claimed that the relevant information it “makes available to the public appears to include at least as much, if not more information.” It pointed to some of that information Monday, but it’s hard to evaluate whether it meets or exceeds that […]