House Bill 6

‘Anti-Corruption Act’ would target dark money spending in Ohio

BY: - May 17, 2021

Should nonprofit organizations that spend money on Ohio elections be forced to publicly disclose who funds them? Some lawmakers say yes and are trying once again to change the state’s campaign finance law in an effort to make political spending more transparent. State Reps. Allison Russo, D-Upper Arlington, and Bride Rose Sweeney, D-Cleveland, have reintroduced […]

Three Ohio energy giants haven’t paid federal income taxes in three years

BY: - April 7, 2021

They're making billions and they've gotten hefty subsidies from ratepayers. Yet three big energy companies doing business in Ohio haven't paid federal income tax since the 2017 Trump tax cuts, according to a new report.

Bill seeks to end ‘dark money’ spending in Ohio elections

BY: - April 6, 2021

Republican lawmakers are proposing to revamp some of Ohio’s campaign finance laws that would shine a light on “dark money” groups. Public officials from both parties have called for reforms in the wake of the House Bill 6 scandal, which saw the speaker of the Ohio House arrested as well as widespread attention paid to […]

After financing xenophobic campaign, FirstEnergy deplores anti-Asian bigotry

BY: - April 1, 2021

There has been a terrifying surge in violence against Asians over the past year, prompting one Ohio company to take a stand on an issue it was arguably on the other side of in 2019. Meanwhile, Ohio’s lieutenant governor is digging in over comments he made last week. There has been a drumbeat of random […]

COMMENTARY

Lack of sunshine in political money fuels corruption. Here’s proof

BY: - March 19, 2021

A historic nuclear bailout scandal in Ohio has already led to six indictments — including that of a House speaker — three guilty pleas and, unfortunately, one death. Still more indictments are possible next month when a federal grand jury is expected to again take up the matter. The whole sorry episode illustrates the desperate […]

Bill would force Householder, if convicted, to repay state salary

BY: - March 16, 2021

House Democrats introduced legislation Monday that would force GOP Rep. Larry Householder, currently under indictment in an alleged $61 million bribery scheme, to repay his salary if he’s convicted at trial. Reps. Jeffrey Crossman, D-Parma, and Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, said in a news release the legislation isn’t specifically directed at Householder, but state lawmakers generally […]

Critics take aim at HB 6 coal subsidies

BY: - February 24, 2021

A 2019 energy bill at the heart of a historic Ohio scandal has plenty of critics and it contains plenty of provisions of which they’re critical.  There’s more than $1 billion to prop up two nuclear reactors that supposedly can’t compete on their own. And there’s $102 million in annual revenue guarantees for FirstEnergy, a […]

Mailbag: A timeline of Speaker Cupp’s inaction on removing Householder from office

BY: - February 19, 2021

Welcome back to the Ohio Capital Journal Mailbag, the political column that eight out of 10 doctors say is a perfect cure for winter boredom. Let’s get to it: Got a question about Ohio politics/government? Send them by email to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. Where are they on Larry Householder’s status? Can he […]

DeWine refuses to explain aide’s role in bailout scandal

BY: - February 17, 2021

If you asked most people to start up a dark money group and then funnel more than $1 million through it and into another such group, they’d probably want to know what it was going to be used for. But now that the second 501(c)(4) dark-money group, Generation Now, has pleaded guilty to being at […]

Did PUCO play a corrupt role in HB 6? Utility regulator asked to investigate itself

BY: - February 4, 2021

Two environmental groups last week formally asked Ohio’s utility regulator to take a number of steps in relation to a massive bribery scandal. One of them would require the agency to investigate itself. The Environmental Law & Policy Center and the Ohio Environmental Council last week filed a motion with the Public Utility Commission of […]

DeWine won’t commit to putting consumer advocate on utility commission

BY: - January 25, 2021

Last week, as he rejected a list of four possible nominees to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine said he might still consider some of the individuals on the list — which included a consumer advocate. However, the governor’s office wouldn’t commit to appointing someone who has no ties to the industry […]

U.S. Attorney overseeing Householder prosecution to be replaced

BY: - January 21, 2021

David DeVillers, the U.S. Attorney whose office has led the prosecution of former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, will soon be replaced, Sen. Sherrod Brown confirmed on Thursday. DeVillers was appointed to the position by President Donald Trump and confirmed by a Republican-led U.S. Senate in 2019. Brown told reporters that both U.S. Attorney positions […]