Category: FirstEnergy

Political operative Julia Johnson to leave FirstEnergy board as fallout from bribery scandal continues

A long-time political operative for utilities and telecom companies, Julia L. Johnson, is one of six members of FirstEnergy’s board of directors who will not seek re-election this year under...

/ March 24, 2022

American Electric Power-backed dark money group spent over $1.5 million in 2020

Empowering Ohio’s Economy, a group funded solely by American Electric Power, contributed more than $1.5 million to dark money groups in 2020, according to the organization’s tax filings. The source...

/ November 22, 2021

Who knew about bribes paid during FirstEnergy Solutions’ bankruptcy and House Bill 6 bailout campaign?

FirstEnergy Solutions’ board and management knew about plans to contribute $40 million to Generation Now, a 501(c)(4) group associated with then Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, in the midst of...

/ November 16, 2021

DeWine raked in campaign money from AEP after the utility revealed a subpoena from the SEC

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine received $25,500 in campaign contributions from American Electric Power’s PAC and some of the electric utility’s top executives one month after AEP revealed it received a...

/ August 2, 2021

Four major Ohio utilities shut off customers’ electricity 200,000 times during COVID-19 pandemic

AEP, FirstEnergy, Duke Energy, and DP&L disconnected Ohio customers who couldn't pay their bills during the Covid-19 pandemic.

/ July 9, 2021

Mike DeWine met with Larry Householder early on in racketeering conspiracy

The timing of a 2017 meeting with Larry Householder listed on Mike DeWine’s calendar raises new questions about when the Ohio governor first knew about Householder’s secret financial relationship with...

/ June 16, 2021

SEC subpoenas American Electric Power for House Bill 6 documents

Plus: Mike DeWine’s calendars reveal meetings with leaders from AEP and an AEP-backed dark money group during the final weeks of DeWine’s 2018 campaign for governor American Electric Power disclosed...

/ June 9, 2021

AEP resumes political contributions paused after U.S. Capitol attack

American Electric Power resumed making political contributions in April, after a three-month pause in response to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald...

/ June 2, 2021

Money trail in FirstEnergy corruption scandal leads outside Ohio

FirstEnergy improperly used money collected from customers in five states to pay for expenses connected to the ongoing corruption scandal in Ohio, the company has confirmed.  The money was collected...

/ April 23, 2021

Bankruptcy judge questioned FirstEnergy Solutions’ law firm about a draft political contributions motion that was never filed

Bankruptcy court records show lawyers for FirstEnergy Solutions drafted, but never filed, a motion seeking a judge’s approval to make political contributions shortly before the company contributed $500,000 to the...

/ March 10, 2021