Judge: Energy Company Can Continue Donations To Lawmakers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge rules that Ohio’s attorney general’s effort to block an energy company and its affiliated entities from donating to lawmakers is an infringement of First Amendment rights.

A Franklin County judge denied Attorney General Dave Yost’s attempt to stop campaign contributions to Ohio lawmakers from First Energy while the House is considering a repeal of a $1.3 billion bailout of two nuclear plants formerly owned by the company’s subsidiary.

The lawsuit sought to freeze the assets of former House Speaker Larry Householder’s $1 million campaign fund and dissolve the dark money groups involved in the bribery scheme.