DeWine will donate tainted campaign money to charity – but not thousands to FirstEnergy

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Gov. Mike DeWine has decided to donate campaign contributions he received from those facing federal racketeering charges in the House Bill 6 nuclear power plant bailout scandal to charity.

The amount he will donate from DeWine / Husted for Ohio’s campaign reserve – he suggested it would go to food banks – is apparently $ 35,092, including donations to his inaugural fund.

However, the Republican did not say he would convert donations from FirstEnergy, Akron’s utility accused of funneling $ 60 million to a secret nonprofit to push through and defend the bill. 6, to charitable causes.

The Political Action Committee funded largely by FirstEnergy employees donated $ 25,202 to the 2018 DeWine campaign and $ 10,000 to its inaugural committee. Its CEO, Chuck Jones, also provided $ 12,700 in food and drink for a DeWine fundraiser. The total: $ 47,902.

“Whoever gave us money that has been charged, we will donate that money to charity,” DeWine said Wednesday. But, he noted, neither FirstEnergy nor any of its executives have been charged.

DeWine, who supported and signed Bill 6 and opposes its repeal, reported a balance of $ 1.8 million on his campaign account late last year.

But, among those facing charges in United States District Court in what is described as the biggest public corruption case ever in Ohio:

Former Ohio Republican Party President-turned-lobbyist Matt Borges donated $ 13,250 to DeWine-Husted in 2018 and contributed an additional $ 2,500 to the inaugural fund.

Juan Cespedes, a lobbyist accused in the racketeering scheme centered on House Speaker Larry Householder R-Glenford, donated $ 15,292 to DeWine’s campaign and $ 2,500 to its inaugural committee.

Jeff Longstreth, a longtime Householder confidant and advisor, donated $ 600 to DeWine’s inaugural fund and $ 500 to his 2018 campaign, according to campaign financial records.

Householder was stingy with DeWine, donating just $ 400 in personal funds at the inaugural party.

Lobbyist Neil Clark, a central figure in working with Householder in the alleged plot, gave the Governor and Husted nothing.

DeWine continued to call on Wednesday for the resignation of Householder, a frequent critic and opponent, or for a House vote to expel him.

“It’s a disgusting story… the story as presented by the American lawyer is just a sickening story,” DeWine said. “I don’t think there is anyway the President can continue to function.”

FirstEnergy donated $ 1 million lawmakers, other officials, candidates and political parties before securing passage of the bill giving FirstEnergy Solutions, now Energy Harbor, approximately $ 1 billion over seven years to secure the Lake Erie nuclear power station pair that she was threatening to close.

DeWine and other contestants rushed to 2018 to donate to charities the contributions they received from interests related to the The electronic classroom of tomorrow in the throes of scandal and its main ones.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, however, refused to cede $ 36,000 in ECOT money included among the $ 4.6 million he brought to the DeWine campaign after he abandoned his gubernatorial campaign and ran for office. second place.

Including $ 4 million in personal loans still outstanding, DeWine spent a record $ 35.6 million in 2018 election cycle become governor. Defeated Democrat Richard Corday spent around $ 19.5 million.

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