Public Corruption

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 […]

Ohio Supreme Court to review ECOT appeal

BY: - April 15, 2020

The Ohio Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to take up the case of a former online charter school that is fighting the Ohio State Board of Education over funding standards. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) filed an appeal in February of this year, arguing for the state high court to hear the case by saying […]