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Ohio advances coal, nuclear subsidies after pressure from Trump campaign official

Bob Paduchik, a senior adviser to the Trump reelection campaign, made calls Tuesday night to at least five members of the Ohio House of Representatives, pressuring them to vote ‘yes’ on HB6.

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio House approved a bill Wednesday to gut clean energy standards and subsidize at-risk nuclear and coal plants after a last-minute push from a Trump reelection official to secure its passage.

Bob Paduchik, a senior adviser to the Trump reelection campaign, made calls Tuesday night to at least five members of the Ohio House of Representatives, pressuring them to vote ‘yes’ on the bill, five people familiar with the outreach told POLITICO. Sources said Paduchik emphasized preserving jobs at the Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear plants, both located in northeastern Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie. Backers of the bill say the plants support a total of 4,000 jobs once contractors and suppliers are added to the mix.

‘The message is that if we have these plants shut down we can’t get Trump reelected,’ said one senior legislative source with knowledge of the conversations. ‘We’re going into an election year, we can’t lose the jobs.’

Paduchik did not return requests for comment, but confirmed to a local reporter that he called lawmakers to support the bill, saying he did so as a personal matter.

‘People ask me for my advice and opinion on things on politics, but they also ask me for my advice and opinion on electricity and power issues,’ Paduchik told Cleveland.com. ‘Honestly, I think diversity in electricity generation is a strength in this nation, and I’m concerned that we lose that in Ohio if we shut down these two plants.'”

— Gavin Bade, Politico

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