Pay to Play…part 2 of ?

pay to play

Pay to Play at the State Level

Part 2 of ?

Written by Brian Massie, Concord Township

We are continuing our reporting on the alleged $60 million bribery scheme involving Larry Householder, Speaker of the Ohio House, and his 501 (c) (4) Non-Profit, Generation Now.

If you have not kept up to date on the HB 6 Ohio Clean Air Program, let’s start with the actual legislation and who were the sponsors. Here is a link that will answer those questions.  Sponsoring any legislation does not in itself convey any guilt.   The sponsors usually do the “heavy lifting” to persuade the other representatives and senators to support the legislation.  They were probably working very closely with First Energy lobbyists to craft just the right legislation.

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA133-HB-6

Primary Sponsors:  Jamie Callender  (R) District 61 Yikes 1  [our Representative]
Shane Wilkin (R) District 91

Co-sponsors: Jon Cross (R) District 83 / Anthony DeVitis (R) District 36 / Haraz Ghanbari (R) District  3 / Brett Hillyer (R) District 98 / Don Jones (R) District 95 / Bill Renke (R) District 88 / William Seitz (R) District 30 / Dick Stein (R) District 57 / A. Nino Vitale (R) District 86

Senators: John Eklund (R) District 18 / Theresa Gavarone (R) District 2 / Lou Terhar (R) District (Resigned) / Sandra Williams (D) District 21

https://www.cleveland.com/open/2018/04/firstenergy_pac_writes_big_che.html

you decide

As they say….follow the money….heck, probably just a coincidence…

We will let our readers decide if this is “pay to play”.  Thanks to Cleveland.com for this list.

FirstEnergy PAC donations

Candidate District Donation
Brian Baldridge 90 $11,000
Tim Barhorst 19 $7,500
Jamie Callender 61 $12,700
Jon Cross 83 $12,700
Anthony DeVitis 36 $7,707.79
Jay Edwards 94 $8,708
Travis Faber 84 $11,000
Josh Hagan 50 $5,500
Stu Harris 21 $5,000
Larry Householder 72 $5,207.79
Kris Jordan 67 $11,700
Jena Powell 80 $12,700
Mike Rasor 37 $12,700
Tracy Richardson 87 $7,500
Jim Trakas 6 $12,700
Shane Wilkin 91 $10,000

You will find this well written article very interesting:

https://investigativereportingworkshop.org/investigation/dark-money-behind-ohios-energy-saga/

Excerpts from the article:

“House Bill 6 gutted Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards while putting ratepayers on the hook for nearly $1 billion in subsidies for nuclear power plants, plus an additional amount for aging coal plants. Multiple groups spent heavily to promote HB 6 and prevent a referendum on the law following its passage.”

“Powerful corporations, and utilities in particular, often fund groups to do their dirty work in an attempt to avoid accountability,” Anderson said. “In the case of Generation Now, that dirty work included millions of dollars in misleading ads and hiring petition blockers to prevent Ohioans from having an opportunity to overturn House Bill 6 when they vote in November.”

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How did our local politicians view House Bill 6?

https://www.starbeacon.com/news/local_news/local-officials-weigh-in-on-rescue-of-nuclear-plants/article_349c062a-86ce-506e-ac62-7fa0902fb591.html

Excerpts from the article:

Jerry Cirino, a Lake County commissioner, helped conceive of H.B. 6. “It’s something I’ve been working on for over two years, since I’ve been a commissioner,” Cirino said.”

“State Senator Sean O’Brien voted against the bill.”

“It’s a bailout, again, for FirstEnergy, and since 2000, ratepayers in Ohio have given FirstEnergy $12 billion,” O’Brien said. “I don’t understand why their shareholders aren’t bearing the responsibility of their financial mistakes and investments.”

“While the rest of the country is moving forward, Ohio is moving backward, and I can’t support that,” O’Brien said.

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https://www.gazettenews.com/~gazetten/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9286:perry-community-celebrates-passage-of-hb-6-with-officials&catid=46&Itemid=222

Excerpts from the article:

Lake County Commissioner Jerry Cirino took the lead locally and worked with Perry Schools Superintendent Jack Thompson, North Perry Mayor Ed Klco and Perry Fire Chief Jim McDonald.

[LFC Comments: In checking Jerry Cirino’s campaign finance reports for his campaign for State Senator, we found a $5,000.00 contribution made on 3/31/20 from  First Energy PAC.]  Cirino Contributions 2020

Cirino partnered with Ottawa County Commissioner Mark Stahl and together they worked with state legislators, including current county commissioner and former state Representative Ron Young, state Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township) and state Rep. Jamie Callender (R-Concord Township) who was a primary sponsor of HB6, all of whom were present for the celebration.”

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[LFC Comment: There will be much more to reveal….we promise…stay tuned….]



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2 replies

  1. Is Jerry going to be named???

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    • We have no knowledge of any individuals that are currently under investigation by the U.S. Attorney Office or the F.B.I. However, anyone that was involved with H.B.6 probably will have to answer some questions at some point in time.

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