Sam Randazzo

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

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

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 […]

Scandal-ridden FirstEnergy agrees to give up new upcharge

BY: - February 2, 2021

Scandal-ridden FirstEnergy agrees to give up new upcharge

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 […]

Despite scandal, DeWine says he takes corruption seriously

BY: - December 14, 2020

Despite a massive bribery scandal related to a lobbying effort involving his appointees and members of his administration, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says his administration takes corruption seriously.

Chairman of panel nominating regulator’s replacement also has ties to FirstEnergy, nuclear bailout

BY: - December 7, 2020

The connections between a power company at the center of a massive scandal involving a nuclear bailout and the Ohio agency that’s supposed to regulate it increasingly appear to be deep. Consider: On Jan. 31, 2019, Michael Koren chaired a meeting of the Public Utility Commission of Ohio’s Nominating Council, which recommends people for posts […]

Bankruptcy judge orders lobbyists to explain their role in HB 6

BY: - November 27, 2020

A federal judge handling the bankruptcy of a company involved in an allegedly corrupt nuclear bailout has ordered a prominent law firm to explain its role in the affair. The firm, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, served both as lead bankruptcy counsel to the company receiving the $1.3 billion ratepayer bailout and as […]