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FirstEnergy Agrees to Disclose Spending on Political Campaigns -- Until 2024

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Tim Rudell
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WKSU
FirstEnergy dismissed top executives last October, four months after the investigation began into the utility's role in the passage of the controversial House Bill 6.

Akron-based FirstEnergy will be reporting its political spending on its website in the future, after New York-based shareholders sought to ensure the company disclosed both its political and lobbying spending in the wake of a bribery investigation.

The three-year deal with the New York State Common Retirement Fund requires FirstEnergy to detail spending on candidates, political parties, and ballot measures. It does not cover lobbying. Five of the retirement fund’s shareholders had asked to see both political and lobbying monies spent.

The agreement comes amid the ongoing investigation into an alleged $60 million bribery scheme to secure passage of Ohio House Bill 6, the controversial energy bill which guaranteed FirstEnergy annual revenue, and subsidized two nuclear plants it once owned.

The investigation began last July with the arrest of former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, a Republican from Perry County. Earlier this month, a dark money group pleaded guilty to racketeering in the case. And last week, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said the city intends to sue FirstEnergy for trying to undermine Cleveland Public Power.