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    so some of you may remember a thread where I railed on about the scare tactics the local electric utility was using to get a tax payer funded subsidy passed a few years ago. Just a cool 1.5 billion dollars of taxpayer money they were trying to get. used all the super scary "china will own our power plants" bullshit to get the support.

    but they never really had any support from the people I talked to. Nobody I knew supported that shit.

    except the speaker of the house that created a non profit to funnel 60 million dollars worth of bribes to other legislators to make sure he got made speaker of the house so he could ram that shit through.

    [FBI agents arrested Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder on Tuesday morning at his rural farm. Householder was taken into custody in connection with a $60 million bribery scheme allegedly involving state officials and associates.

    Four others were also arrested: former Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges, Householder adviser Jeffrey Longstreth and lobbyists Neil Clark and Juan Cespedes.

    The charges are linked to a controversial law passed last year that bailed out two nuclear power plants in the state while gutting subsidies for renewable energy and energy efficiency.

    The federal complaint describes a years-long bribery campaign to build support for Householder's bid to become House speaker and then pass the nuclear bailout law with his help. Householder won the speakership in January 2019, and the bailout passed in July 2019. It went into effect in October.

    Householder, a Republican, represents a district east of Columbus. He first began serving in the Ohio House in 1997 and was speaker from 2001 to 2004, when he stepped down because of term limits. He then worked as Perry County auditor before returning to the House in 2017.

    Householder, Longstreth, Clark, Borges and Cespedes were each charged with "conspiracy to participate, directly or indirectly, in the conduct of an enterprise's affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity." The charge carries a maximum of 20 years in prison.

    The criminal complaint also charges Generation Now, which it describes as "a 501(c)(4) entity secretly controlled by Householder."

    Federal prosecutors say that between March 2017 and March 2020, entities related to an unnamed company — but that would appear to be nuclear power company FirstEnergy Solutions — paid approximately $60 million to Householder's Generation Now.

    "Make no mistake, this is Larry Householder's 501 (c)(4)," U.S. Attorney David DeVillers told reporters on Tuesday. The money from the scheme was spent to the detriment of other political candidates and the people of Ohio, DeVillers said.

    Members of Householder's enterprise used those payments for their own personal benefit and to gain support for Householder's bid to become speaker, prosecutors say.

    "In the Spring and Fall of 2018, the Enterprise spent millions in Company A money to support House candidates involved in primary and general elections whom the Enterprise believed both would vote for Householder as Speaker and, ultimately, would follow his lead as Speaker and vote for bailout legislation for Company A," the complaint states.

    In exchange for payments, prosecutors say, Householder and his associates helped pass House Bill 6, then worked to ensure it went into effect by defeating a ballot initiative.

    The plan worked. The complaint says Householder-backed candidates that benefited from money from Generation Now helped to elect Householder as the Speaker. House Bill 6 was introduced three months into his term – legislation worth $1.3 billion to Company A.

    Regular payments to Householder's secret company from Company A began in March 2017, a couple months after he took a trip on Company A's private jet, according to the federal complaint. But the payments got much bigger after the legislation was introduced: In May 2019, while the bill was pending before lawmakers, Company A allegedly wired $8 million to Generation Now.

    Householder and his associates used some of the money on mailers and advertising to support the legislation, and some of it for their own benefit, prosecutors say.

    The bill was passed by a vote of 51-38. After the bill was signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine, a campaign began to organize a ballot initiative to overturn the law. Company A-controlled accounts responded by wiring $38 million to Householder's company between July and October 2019.

    In total, Company A allegedly paid the Householder enterprise $60 million over a three-year period, in exchange for the billion-dollar-bailout.

    Prosecutors say the payments were "akin to bags of cash – unlike campaign or PAC contributions, they were not regulated, not reported, not subject to public scrutiny—and the Enterprise freely spent the bribe payments to further the Enterprise's political interests and to enrich themselves."

    Prosecutors say that while there are no charges yet against Company A, the investigation is ongoing.

    FirstEnergy Solutions, the nuclear power plant company, was renamed Energy Harbor after it emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. The Akron-based company employs about 2,600 people, according to financial disclosures from February.

    "We are reviewing the complaint and will cooperate fully with the government's investigation," Energy Harbor said in a statement to NPR.

    At a Tuesday court hearing, the defendants were ordered to surrender any firearms and to remain within the Southern District of Ohio. They are barred from communicating with anyone who may become a witness in the trial, including the other men charged Tuesday. Those with passports were ordered to surrender them. Preliminary hearings are set for early August.

    Householder has faced scrutiny before. In 2004, there were reports of his engaging in alleged corrupt activity, though he was never charged.

    Gov. Mike DeWine called for Householder's resignation after the charges were announced on Tuesday afternoon.

    "I am deeply concerned about the allegations of wrongdoing issued today by the U.S. Attorney's Office," DeWine tweeted. "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."

    Last year's nuclear bailout law tacked on a charge to residents' power bills, sending $150 million a year to the nuclear power plants. They are owned by the company Energy Harbor, which was previously known as FirstEnergy Solutions.

    The law also included a subsidy for two coal plants.

    NPR member station WOSU reported that FirstEnergy contributed more than $150,000 to Ohio House Republicans in the run-up to the 2018 election — including over $25,000 in donations to Householder's campaign.

    "According to the state lobbyist database, Energy Harbor is the only client listed for Cespedes," WOSU reported. "Borges also worked as a lobbyist for FirstEnergy Solutions, while Longstreth is connected to Generation Now, which campaigned against the bailout referendum."

    The American Wind Energy Association called for an inquiry into the circumstances of House Bill 6's passage.

    "It now appears that the passage of this bill was not just against the will of the people, but also may have involved serious and possibly criminal impropriety," said Andrew Gohn, the association's Eastern State Affairs Director, in a statement. "We call for a full examination of the circumstances surrounding this attack on clean energy and for Gov. DeWine and the legislature to pause implementation of HB 6 and ultimately repeal this harmful and regressive legislation."
    https://www.npr.org/2020/07/21/89349...bribery-scheme


    and of course the governor was also a recipient of donated money, bt claims he had no idea and STILL wants to keep his pet industry on the taxpayer teat even though this was obviously a gross miscarriage of democracy.

    Now, a group of bipartisan lawmakers who opposed the bill to subsidize two FirstEnergy Solutions’ plants want to repeal the fee on Ohioans’ electric bills. However, Gov. Mike DeWine, who signed House Bill 6 into law last summer, said he will not support an effort to repeal it.
    https://www.dispatch.com/news/202007...e-bribery-case


    and people wonder why I oppose government regulations in all the things. Because we've reached the point where it benefits a corporation more to spend money to gain access to politicians than it does for them to run their business well.

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      #3
      I don't understand why the power companies don't turn a profit? Why would you run a business like that. Selling power and pocketing the money waiting for a gov bailout for your company.

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        #4
        This is why big business supports primarily the dems and big government Republicans. Bribeing and buying off these leeches is just a cost of doing business and you can box your competition out of the game with regulations, permits etc....
        Every major institution is against you and will let you die!
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          #5
          Originally posted by Gravy View Post
          I don't understand why the power companies don't turn a profit? Why would you run a business like that. Selling power and pocketing the money waiting for a gov bailout for your company.
          same thing I said when they started lobbying for this shit.

          but the short story is that they bought/merged and then suddenly found themselves uncompetitive against natural gas fired plants.
          https://www.cincinnati.com/story/new...io/5480858002/

          but instead of doing good business things and closing shit down or figuring out how to become competitive they just put their money into lobbying.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Gravy View Post
            I don't understand why the power companies don't turn a profit? Why would you run a business like that. Selling power and pocketing the money waiting for a gov bailout for your company.
            Cause you can't pay all your fat cats if your making a profit (saving money)? We had a plant close here that was operating fine but lower capacity. They had some reason to close it as they were opening a new plant to replace it. Then they wanted a rate increase as the investors for the new facility wanted a quicker return, (7 years instead of 10). But that rate increase isn't going away in that number of years.

            ....Just Add Lightness...

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              #7
              Originally posted by Weasel View Post

              Cause you can't pay all your fat cats if your making a profit (saving money)? We had a plant close here that was operating fine but lower capacity. They had some reason to close it as they were opening a new plant to replace it. Then they wanted a rate increase as the investors for the new facility wanted a quicker return, (7 years instead of 10). But that rate increase isn't going away in that number of years.
              and that's the thing.

              it won't ever leave because now you've removed the incentive to reform your power generation.

              This is simply to keep the aging plants open.

              If they had said "We're going to build two new nuclear power plants" I'd maybe have had a different stance on the subsidy, probably not, but at least that's getting something for the tax dollars.

              all this bought us was extending the life of two power plants that are beyond their designed life expectancy. One of which has seen numerous safety shutdowns and a near catastrophic failure in the last 15 years.

              oh, and some more windmills. we're gonna get more of that with the leftover money. probably in lake erie.
              take your photos now.
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                #8
                Originally posted by Slander View Post
                This is why big business supports primarily the dems and big government Republicans. Bribeing and buying off these leeches is just a cost of doing business and you can box your competition out of the game with regulations, permits etc....
                This. Big business loves big government. Regulations stifle competition. Some regulations drastically help the general public, but the cost of all of them is carried indirectly by the public.

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                  #9
                  None of this could happen if:

                  1.) Government stopped subsidizing ALL private business.
                  2.) Legislators were limited to two terms.
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                    #10
                    I'd like to see legislation passed that would automatically make ANY legislation linked to the offending politician made null and void, all of their work, from day one, because there's no way to know what legislation may be clean and what wasn't so kill it all.

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                      #11
                      Isn't that guy connected to the Lincoln Project somehow?
                      Kevin

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by gt1guy View Post
                        Isn't that guy connected to the Lincoln Project somehow?
                        no idea. this shit just dropped the other day.

                        that would be unfunny.
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