The only acceptable path forward is to immediately and completely repeal House Bill 6 (HB 6)
Passage of HB6 was bought and paid for to the tune of $60 million in payola and bribes -- and it still only passed by one vote.
It was one of the dirtiest campaigns we've ever seen, pushing an expensive, dirty energy bailout onto Ohio consumers. We're not surprised this particular bit of corporate welfare slid through by greasing palms.
Ohio taxpayers should not be saddled with this corrupt policy and the years of higher electric bills and pollution that come with it. Bribery and greed must not be rewarded. HB6 was a bad idea then, and it's a bad idea now.
Ohio Consumers Power Alliance calls on the Ohio General Assembly to immediately repeal this corrupt law, and for Governor DeWine to support its rollback.
This corruption at the statehouse invalidates the legislature’s vote on the bailout.
Government accountability is a big part of our mission at Ohio Consumers Power Alliance. We always put legislation through the "smell test" and HB 6 stank all the way through:
- it was initially sold as a "clean air bill", but eventually bailed out two coal plants built before the Clean Air Act;
- Householder initially predicted the bill would pass in mere weeks, but eventually organized opposition from OCPA and members like you was so great it passed by just one vote;
- when the referendum effort to repeal the law gained momentum, it was killed by a combination of false, inflammatory and bigoted mail and ads, petition "blockers" and an unfairly short time to gather signatures.
To its backers, HB 6 was always about the money and we still don't know where the tens of millions of dollars spent to pass the bill came from. Now we learn of an alleged $60 million influence peddling scandal over the law, involving Householder, who now faces 20 years in prison.
Ohio consumers should not be saddled with this expensive, dirty energy bailout and the years of higher electric bills and pollution that come with it.
It’s time to restore trust in the legislative process and embrace a clean energy future for all Ohioans. We need new legislation that embraces the renewable energy transition happening every day across Ohio, and we're going to need your help to do it.
Call the statehouse switchboard between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., give the operator your street address, and they will connect you: 1-800-282-0253
You can also send a written message to your legislators via the statehouse website:
There are many more ways to help get the word out. Spreading this message on social media goes a long way. Use your voice by sending a Tweet or a Facebook post to expand the reach of this campaign. Be sure to use the hashtag #RepealHB6.
The new Speaker of the House, Bob Cupp, has a lot to prove. His first act as Speaker should be to call for an immediate and clean repeal of HB 6 - nothing less is acceptable. He must show Ohioans that he is not simply Householder 2.0. Please read our full statement.
Follow the money
If you want to get into the nitty gritty on exactly where Householder and FirstEnergy spent all that money, please check out this amazing interactive map that breaks it down by PAC and voting district. It was created by the Akron Beacon Journal and The Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism:
Tracking all of FirstEnergy’s political contributions is difficult, but if you want to delve even deeper, journalist Emily Atkin has done an amazing amount of work to reveal how extensive their donations are to both parties across many states.
The "Company A" piggy bank
A Talking Points Memo article explains how "Over and over, bank records show Company A allegedly wiring hundreds of thousands of dollars into Generation Now, as well as pass-through companies, at crucial moments — such as days before the November 2018 elections."
It looks like our campaign prop that we hauled across Ohio last year was more spot on than we could ever have imagined:
Also the news broke last week that "Company B" referenced in the FBI investigation is the now-bankrupt Ohio coal giant Murray Energy.
Multiple bills have been introduced into the legislature to repeal HB6, and we will keep you informed as we find out more about each piece of legislation.