Sam Randazzo

COMMENTARY

DeWine can’t run from energy bailout bribery scandal as dirty laundry keeps piling up

BY: - February 1, 2022

Follow the money. Its corrupting influence runs through all the great scandals piling up in Ohio under Republican rule. From the biggest online charter school rip-off of tax dollars to the largest public corruption indictment in state history, money has paved the way to epic wrongdoing under GOP management. Find out who in Columbus is […]

“You’re fired.” Dem gov. candidate Cranley promises to clean house at PUCO

BY: - November 5, 2021

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful John Cranley is promising a scorched earth response to Ohio’s HB 6 scandal: fire every member of the public utilities commission. The former Cincinnati mayor contends a clean slate is the only way to restore trust in the Pubic Utilities Commission of Ohio, or PUCO, and he has additional reforms in mind […]

Economists pan Ohio coal subsidies

BY: - October 19, 2021

Coal subsidies passed in 2019 as part of a historically corrupt energy law are of no help to the state’s economy, the vast majority of a panel of academic economists said in a survey that was released Monday. Of the 22 economists responding, 21 disagreed with the proposition that “subsidies for coal plants paid for […]

After scandal broke, FirstEnergy lobbyist pushed DeWine on “covid response”

BY: - August 16, 2021

On Sept. 23, 2020, McKenzie K. Davis, a lobbyist with the Success Group, registered to lobby the administration of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on “covid response.” The timing is curious because only six weeks earlier, federal authorities announced they’d arrested then-Speaker Larry Householder and four associates in what they said was  “likely the largest bribery […]

Ohio governor won’t say he regrets picking regulator now at the center of historic utility scandal

BY: - August 12, 2021

A huge Ohio utility paid Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s pick to be the state’s top utility regulator millions and the regulator, Sam Randazzo, proceeded to do favors for the utility that were worth at least hundreds of millions, the utility and federal prosecutors have said. But more than a year into one of the biggest […]

Environmental groups tried to warn DeWine not to appoint regulator accused in scandal

BY: - August 10, 2021

Late last year, as his administration was plunging deeper into a scandal over a nuclear bailout, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he supported keeping the billion-dollar ratepayer subsidy even though the original deal creating it was part of a $61 million bribery and money-laundering scheme. The governor said he supported scrapping the law creating the […]

Ohio Democrats focusing HB 6 scandal attention on Gov. DeWine

BY: - July 30, 2021

In the year after the House Bill 6 scandal first broke in July 2020, much of the focus was on state Rep. Larry Householder. Householder has since been booted from the legislature and awaits trial. Attention is shifting further toward Gov. Mike DeWine as the investigation continues to develop.  The governor has not been accused […]

COMMENTARY

Gov. DeWine doesn’t seem interested in holding staff and allies accountable in bribery scandal

BY: - July 28, 2021

Nothing to see here. Remain calm. All is well. No big deal. Everybody knew. That appears to be Gov. Mike DeWine’s reaction to the public finding out he appointed a FirstEnergy consultant to regulate utilities in Ohio the company now admits paying $4.3 million to do their bidding. As the fallout from the $61 million […]

Consumer protection? New DeWine regulatory chief says most overcharges can’t be refunded

BY: - May 20, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine’s latest appointee to lead Ohio’s scandal-plagued utility regulator last week raised concerns among some lawmakers and consumer watchdogs. She claimed that her agency has only a very limited ability to make electric companies refund billions in improper charges to ratepayers. There was always going to be scrutiny when Jenifer French made her […]

U.S. attorney departs, but HB 6 investigation is far from over

BY: - March 1, 2021

The cruel fortunes of politics mean that David M. DeVillers stopped being the top federal law enforcement official for Southern Ohio on Sunday. But the attorney who last July announced the arrest of then-House Speaker Larry Householder, last week said the investigation that led to the arrest isn’t going anywhere.  The scandal surrounding what DeVillers said […]

FirstEnergy touts openness, critic questions it

BY: - February 22, 2021

The Ohio power company at the heart of a historic scandal has taken steps in recent months to move on from it.  Akron-based FirstEnergy conducted an internal investigation that resulted in the firing of its CEO and other top executives. It agreed to forgo revenue guarantees that resulted from the corrupt legislation, House Bill 6, […]

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 […]