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FirstEnergy Credit Rating Lowered In Wake Of Alleged Bribery Scheme

Nov 25, 2020

Akron-based FirstEnergy's credit rating has been downgraded to junk status by the big three rating agencies.

It's another blow to the company that has been linked to a 61 million alleged racketeering scheme. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

Moody's has downgraded FirstEnergy's credit rating to Ba1, which puts the large utility company at below investment grade status with all three credit agencies. 


In July, federal investigators revealed a bribery scheme that suggested FirstEnergy funneled millions of dollars to a dark money group in order to help Republican Larry Householder get elected as House Speaker and push through a sweeping energy bill that accomplished several things on FirstEnergy's legislative agenda, including a nuclear power plant bailout. 
 
Since then, a FirstEnergy lobbyist has pleaded guilty to the racketeering charge. 
 
The company says it has created new accountability measures to address these issues.