A $60 million kickback on a $2 billion payoff to a corrupt Ohio utility that runs the most dangerous nuclear plant in the world has led a trail of corruption to a series of rigged elections including one that put Shitstain in the White House.
Daily Beast: Ohio’s top state lawmaker conspired to funnel tens of millions of dollars from the state’s electric utility to his political allies in order to consolidate power over the state legislature and shepherd through a $1.5 billion bailout for the utility’s nuclear power plants, federal prosecutors alleged on Tuesday.
The FBI arrested Ohio speaker Larry Household, a Republican, and four alleged co-conspirators and leveled charges of racketeering and bribery related to the scheme. At a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Attorney David DeVillers called it “likely the largest bribery [and] money laundering scheme ever perpetrated against the people of the state of Ohio.”
BREAKING: The Ohio House Speaker has been arrested by the FBI due to a multi-million dollar bribery
His arrest is related to a bill passed a year ago that provided coal/nuclear plant bailouts and gutted renewable energy requirements https://t.co/CK19HDCqJr
— Sunrise Movement 🌅 (@sunrisemvmt) July 21, 2020
At the center of the scheme was Householder, who prosecutors say used a nonprofit “dark money” group called Generation Now to funnel money from the utility, First Energy, into state-level political contests. Householder’s goals, DeVillers said, were to pass and preserve a contentious bill to bail out two FirstEnergy nuclear plants, and “to build a power base for Larry Householder.”
The investigation centers on House Bill 6, the $1 billion-plus ratepayer bailout of two Ohio nuclear power plants that Householder helped push through last year with the help of millions in dark money, according to the Toledo Blade. https://t.co/YmGr5y2aji
— Adam Goldman (@adamgoldmanNYT) July 21, 2020
After his arrest, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine called on the speaker to “resign immediately.”
The outrageous Ohio bill that bailed out coal & nuclear plants while shafting renewables and energy efficiency makes a lot more sense as part of a $60M bribery scheme between First Energy and the House speaker. https://t.co/5j3Ekzo6OT
— Michael Grunwald (@MikeGrunwald) July 21, 2020
“I am deeply concerned about the allegations of wrongdoing issued today by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Every American has the presumption of innocence until proven guilty,” DeWine tweeted Tuesday. “Because of the nature of these charges, it will be impossible for Speaker Householder to effectively lead the Ohio House of Representatives; therefore, I am calling on Speaker Householder to resign immediately. This is a sad day for Ohio.”
First Energy stock drops 17% today on news of company’s ties to $60 million bribery scheme for Ohio nuclear bailout pic.twitter.com/3OtrAciPF3
— Matt Wright Fox 8 (@mattwrighttv) July 21, 2020