CLEVELAND, Ohio – A nonprofit at the center of a $ 60 million corruption scandal has failed to respond to Cleveland City Council subpoenas for documents relating to alleged funding of an alleged Cleveland effort by FirstEnergy.
The Council in February Subpoenas to legal representatives of Generation Now Inc. in Delaware and Generation Now Ohio Inc. of Columbus, sophisticated records.
“They just didn’t answer,” City Council President Kevin Kelley said in an interview with on Thursday cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer.
Attempts to reach Generation Now for comment were not immediately successful.
Kelley said the council will consult lawyers to determine what, if anything, happens next.
City council had previously subpoenaed records of consumers against fraudulent charges, a dark money nonprofit that publicly criticized the CPP and CPP sent out leaflets to residents, in which the tariffs and services of the city electricity supplier were reduced.
This organization, which has since been dissolved, refused to comply with the request of the council, citing a violation of the freedom of speech of the organization.
The city council issued the subpoenas granted under authority in Cleveland’s charter – a power that has not been exercised for more than two decades.
Kelley and his fellow councilors want to know where consumers obtained $ 351,000 against fraudulent charges in 2018. They suspect the money came from FirstEnergy, CPP’s competitor.
The links between FirstEnergy and consumers against fraudulent charges were exposed in the fallout of the state house bribery scandal around HB 6, a legislative rescue of nuclear and coal power plants.
Records have shown that consumers received $ 200,000 from Partners in Progress against fraudulent charges in 2019. It was part of a larger sum of money the pass received from FirstEnergy.
An FBI affidavit and tax returns show Partners for Progress received $ 20 million from FirstEnergy and its affiliates. Partners for Progress donated $ 13 million to Generation Now as well as minor contributions to consumers against fraudulent charges and other groups.
In February, Generation Now admitted its share in the scandal and signed a pledge of guilt against charges under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
In a plea agreement, the nonprofit with the dark money said it was set up to “raise undisclosed donations that benefit householders and move forward [Larry] Efforts by households to become Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives. “
Householder and two others pleaded not guilty to federal extortion charges. One of both, The lobbyist Neil Clark died in March.
Two others pleaded guilty last October.
FirstEnergy has not been billed and the company has announced that it will be working with investigators.
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