public corruption

State Supreme Court dismisses congressional redistricting cases

BY: - September 7, 2023

The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed two cases over congressional districts in Ohio. The decision isn’t a complete surprise because the groups filing the complaints asked for the dismissals earlier this week. But struggles over partisan gerrymandering in Ohio and elsewhere are far from over. The complainants continue to maintain that Ohio’s congressional districts […]

LaRose says he doesn’t remember conversations with players in Ohio racketeering scandal

BY: - July 27, 2023

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose says a constitutional amendment he’s pushing would prevent aspects of the largest bribery and money laundering scandal in state history.  But on Tuesday, he said he didn’t recall conversations with some of the conspiracy’s central figures when it reached a fever pitch in 2019. He also hasn’t produced any […]

LaRose said Issue 1 would help prevent corruption. But it could make it even worse

BY: - July 19, 2023

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has claimed that a proposal to make it much harder to pass citizen-initiated amendments to the Ohio Constitution would have prevented an aspect of the biggest bribery scandal in state history.  But LaRose, who announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Monday, has refused to discuss his own role […]

Federal judge blasts disgraced Ohio House speaker as a “bully,” sends him straight to jail

BY: - June 30, 2023

CINCINNATI — Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder spent possibly his last moments as a free man around 2:30 p.m. Thursday and they couldn’t have been pleasant.  U.S. District Judge Timothy Black gave the Glenford Republican the maximum possible sentence of 20 years and then ordered blue-shirted U.S. Marshals to immediately take him into custody. […]

Former Ohio House Speaker Householder sentenced to 20 years for state’s largest bribery scheme

BY: and - June 29, 2023

Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted in the largest bribery scheme in state history. Householder served Ohio for a decade as a lawmaker, now he’s going to be serving for twice that long — as an inmate in federal prison. Householder was sentenced by federal […]

COMMENTARY

Ohio government is already captured by radical special interests. State Issue 1 would make it worse

BY: - June 29, 2023

The central issue for Ohio voters to consider over State Issue 1 on the ballot Aug. 8 is whether we want to give up our own power to hold our politicians accountable. Right now, due to unconstitutional gerrymandering, we have very little power to do so anyway. But Ohio Republicans are underfunding a low-turnout August […]

Power companies quietly pushed $215 million into U.S. politics via dark money groups

BY: - June 16, 2023

This story was produced through collaboration between Floodlight and The Guardian. U.S. power companies have made political donations of at least $215 million to dark money groups in recent years, according to a new analysis of 25 for-profit utilities, amid growing concerns around how they wield influence. Such secretive donations to barely regulated non-profit groups, […]

Court battle over Randazzo docs gets nasty

BY: - June 1, 2023

Sam Randazzo, the former chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, isn’t even a defendant in a massive class-action lawsuit against Akron-based FirstEnergy. But a battle is growing bitter over documents regarding $4.3 million FirstEnergy paid a group controlled by Randazzo just as Gov. Mike DeWine nominated him in 2019. The dispute arises from […]

Lead Householder juror explains why trial ‘left sour taste’ in his mouth

BY: - May 18, 2023

The lead juror in the largest corruption trial in Ohio history has been left disillusioned with state government, hoping political leaders will finally learn not to undercut their citizens in exchange for power and money. A friend of juror Jarrod Haines introduced him to OCJ/WEWS. In a two-hour interview, the Greenfield, Ohio man discussed what […]

Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder gives the thumbs up as he enters a federal courthouse in Cincinnati. Photo from WEWS.

Householder to be sentenced in June

BY: - May 15, 2023

Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and former GOP leader Matt Borges will both be sentenced to prison in late June. The felons will be sentenced at 1 p.m. on June 29th and June 30th, respectively, according to court documents. The pair was convicted in a nearly $61 million scheme to pass a nuclear bailout bill, House […]

Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder gives the thumbs up as he enters a federal courthouse in Cincinnati. Photo from WEWS.

What can Ohio regulators do to prevent future utility corruption scandals?

BY: - May 3, 2023

This article is provided by Eye on Ohio, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Ohio Center for Journalism, in partnership with the nonprofit Energy News Network. Please join the free mailing lists for Eye on Ohio or the Energy News Network, as this helps provide more public service reporting. Regulators taking proactive steps could reduce the risk of […]

After revelations of luxury trips, Democrats argue U.S. Supreme Court needs ethics code

BY: - May 3, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court justices should follow a strict code of ethics when receiving gifts and travel or doing business with political funders and attorneys, argued Democratic senators Tuesday at a hearing that Chief Justice John Roberts declined to attend. After a spate of investigative articles detailing Justice Clarence Thomas’ luxury travel and real […]