Why is Mike Dewine still choosing to defend those at the heart of the House Bill 6 scandal rather than standing up for Ohioans?

Every day, new details emerge that put the House Bill 6 FirstEnergy scandal one step closer to Governor Mike DeWine’s office. There is no denying Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted knew of former PUCO Chairman Sam Randazzo’s close ties to FirstEnergy when he was appointed for the job. They chose to let the fox guard the hen house, disregarded multiple public warnings, and now they are trying to hide from the truth.

More Empty Promises

The DeWine Administration has created a culture in Ohio where utilities are in control of politics and policy decisions. Now, they are backtracking, hoping Ohioans won’t notice the flip flop. On January 12, Governor DeWine told the Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial board that he doesn’t support a “remnant of the scandal-ridden House Bill 6 that requires Ohio ratepayers to subsidize an Indiana coal-fired power plant.” He also pledged his campaign would no longer accept any political contributions from FirstEnergy Corporation. Finally, he hinted he was open “in principle” to making some changes regarding how the Public PUCO members are chosen.

But these are nothing more than empty promises! For years, Governor DeWine has had the power to oppose the House Bill 6 coal subsidies and make changes at the PUCO, yet no actions have been taken. In fact, Governor DeWine just reappointed a PUCO Commissioner who has represented regulated utilities for more than 30 years. Furthermore, he is pledging to reject FirstEnergy campaign contributions at a time when the utility has suspended making political donations. It’s like promising to stop eating at your favorite restaurant after it has closed for business! 

The Buck Stops with You, Governor

Governor DeWine has often been quoted as saying the “buck stops with me.” Will he put his actual money where his mouth is? Campaign cash from Ohio’s top utilities have given them free reign over energy policy for far too long. If the buck truly does stop with Governor DeWine’s office, then he must donate to charity all campaign contributions received from regulated electric utilities and pledge not to accept any new contributions moving forward.

Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted–will you pledge to donate all electric utility campaign contributions to charity and reject any future donations from regulated electric utilities? 

Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted should not benefit from those who benefited from House Bill 6. Don’t let Ohio continue to foster a culture of corruption!

MORE BREAKING NEWS EVERYDAY.

May 3

Ohio Capital Journal

“Dark money helped utilities subsidize coal plants, delaying climate action at ratepayers’ expense.”

April 12

Ohio Capital Journal

“FirstEnergy fights to slow-walk subpoena for records tied to bribery case.”

April 11

Cleveland.com

“Gov. Mike DeWine was warned about Sam Randazzo before PUCO appointment: The Wake Up for Monday, April 11, 2022.”

April 10

Cleveland.com

Gov. Mike DeWine was cautioned about Sam Randazzo before PUCO appointment.

April 4

Ohio Capital Journal

“Former DeWine aide warned governor about utility regulator before the FBI raided his home.”

February 28

Ohio Capital Journal

“Ohio judge helped write a bailout that led to arrests; now he’s blocking outside probes.”

February 15th

Energy News Network

“Former Ohio regulator linked to $4M payoff directed agency to limit response to FirstEnergy corruption.”

February 10th

Cleveland.com

“DeWine should reject the nominees for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio because of their ties to the utility industry.”

February 1

Ohio Capital Journal

“Gov. DeWine is trying to put as much distance as possible between his reelection campaign and the biggest open investigation of Statehouse corruption in the country.”

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