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LaRose Backing Efforts To Shine Light On Dark Money Groups

Aug 4, 2020

Ohio's Republican Secretary of State is backing legislative efforts to improve transparency regarding dark money groups. 

The push from state lawmakers comes after the former Ohio House Speaker was indicted in  a bribery scheme designed to get a nuclear power plant bailout law passed. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports lawmakers met with LaRose to discuss the  matter.

The bipartisan campaign finance proposals discussed with Secretary of State Frank LaRose include parity for groups fighting for and against ballot issues, allowing subpoenaing power for the secretary of state's office, and required reporting of donations into so-called dark money groups.   

LaRose: "This idea that you can create an LLC, or two, or three to move the money around and have anonymity is not going to be consistent with what we're trying to accomplish here." 

 

Federal investigators say former House Speaker Larry Householder was part of a racketeering scheme secretly moving millions of dollars a dark money group from a utility company widely believed to be FirstEnergy.