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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose discusses his support for legislation requiring the disclosure of contributions and spending by co-called dark money groups, on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Columbus.
Andrew Welsh-Huggins / AP

House lawmakers met with Ohio's top elections official to discuss ways of making the state's campaign finance system more transparent. The meeting comes after the former House Speaker was indicted for an alleged bribery scheme to get a nuclear power plant bailout through the Ohio General Assembly.

How Dark Money Is Reshaping Politics

Jul 30, 2020
House Speaker Larry Householder draws up the details of his plan to overhaul energy policy in Ohio.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Hundreds of millions of dollars in so-called “dark money” have flowed into 2020 election coffers at all levels of government -- with both parties taking advantage of legal means to conceal who’s donating to them.

In Ohio, federal investigators last week alleged undisclosed contributions funneled through a 501(c) 4 nonprofit was the lynchpin in a $61 million dollar bribery case brought against Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four others.

The effort to shed more light on campaign contributions is gaining momentum with the support of Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio). He says these so-called dark money groups that donate millions of dollars into political expenditures need more transparency.

FirstEnergy held an earnings call Friday, just days after federal agents subpoenaed the company as part of a racketeering investigation. The allegations say millions of dollars went into a dark money organization that ended up benefitting House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford).

This Oct. 5, 2011 file photo shows the cooling tower of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Amy Sanceta / Associated Press

FirstEnergy Solutions is facing heightened scrutiny as Ohio politicians grapple with allegations of racketeering in connection to a nuclear bailout law passed last year.

A small wind turbine rises in front of the downtown skyline at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006.
Mark Duncan / Associated Press

Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers are pushing to repeal Ohio's nuclear bailout bill after this week’s release of a federal criminal complaint against House Speaker Larry Householder and others. Clean energy advocates say that would be a start, but more is needed to address eight years of lawmakers’ actions to slow the growth of renewable energy in the state.

House Speaker Larry Householder draws up the details of his plan to overhaul energy policy in Ohio.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the arrest of Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and the federal investigation alleging a $60 million pay-to-play scheme. Ohio Public Radio reporter Andy Chow joins the show.

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station on Lake Erie is scheduled to shut down in 2020.
Ron Schwane / Associated Press

Story updated Thursday, July 23 at 2:20 p.m.

Gov. Mike DeWine is now calling on Ohio lawmakers to repeal and replace HB6, the sweeping bill that bailed out two nuclear power plants while slashing renewable energy efforts, following the arrest of House Speaker Larry Householder.

The entrance to Energy Harbor's Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Ron Schwane / Associated Press

Federal authorities allege the Ohio House Speaker ran a massive scheme to pass an energy bill that bailed out two nuclear plants run by Akron-based FirstEnergy Solutions, now known as Energy Harbor. While no charges have been brought against the company yet, the U.S. Attorney says the investigation is continuing.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder leaves the federal courthouse after an initial hearing following charges against him and four others alleging a $60 million bribery scheme Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.
Jay LaPrete / AP

Gov. Mike DeWine and other Ohio leaders are calling for the resignation of Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford), who has been charged in connection to a $61 million public corruption racketeering conspiracy case. 

Empty Easton Town Center is virtually abandoned with all stores closed  due to the COVID-19 pandemic
David Holm / WOSU

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the ongoing debate about the risks and benefits of opening up Ohio's economy.

The company that runs Ohio's two nuclear power plants is increasing its stock buyback from $500 million to $800 million, less than a year after lawmakers approved a bailout for those power plants. This has critics questioning the company's financial situation.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jan 27, 2020
The entrance to Energy Harbor's Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Ron Schwane / Associated Press

An Ohio group opposed to the recent nuclear bailout gave up its legal fight last week over a law that sticks ratepayers with the bill for two nuclear power plants.

Allen Breed / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss a county in southern Ohio that just passed a "Second Amendment sanctuary" resolution. 

Michael Hiles, founder of the group Ohio Stands United, which supports these resolutions, joins the show.

The entrance to Energy Harbor's Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Ron Schwane / Associated Press

The group that was fighting to overturn Ohio's nuclear power plant bailout has dropped its case in court which means the plan for additional fees on electric bills to subsidize nuclear and coal will carry forward.

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