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Reineke takes campaign checks from FirstEnergy Corp. before cosponsoring their bailout bill

State Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin), who recently announced his candidacy for Ohio Senate

TIFFIN, OH — “Members of the Ohio House, including State Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin), who voted in favor of a bill to bail out uncompetitive coal and nuclear power plants received over $320,000 in campaign money from four utilities that will benefit financially from the bill’s passage.

American Electric Power (AEP), Dayton Power & Light (and it’s parent company AES Corporation), Duke Energy, and FirstEnergy Corp.’s PACs have targeted Ohio with nearly $1.65 million in campaign cash since the start of 2017, according to data from the Federal Elections Commission.

According to a new report from Dave Anderson of the Energy and Policy Institute, forty of the fifty-three state representatives who voted for the power plant bailout bill, HB 6, received campaign contributions totaling $322,776 from these utility PACs during the same time period, including:

  • Nearly $188,000 from FirstEnergy
  • $73,500 from AEP
  • Nearly $49,000 from Duke Energy
  • Over $12,700 from Dayton Power & Light”

— Dave Anderson,

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