Youngstown Vindicator “Orchids and Onions” Column

ORCHID: To state Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, for donating $2,500 — what she received in contributions from FirstEnergy Corp. — to the Alliance for Congregational Transformation Influencing Our Neighborhoods (ACTION). Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four others are charged in a $60 million federal bribery case related to a $1.3 billion ratepayer bailout of two failing nuclear power plants owned by former subsidiaries of FirstEnergy. FirstEnergy hasn’t been charged, but Lepore-Hagan’s donation sends a message. She had voted against the bailout and said she was “confident” ACTION would “use the funds to improve the quality of life in our community.” She received a $2,000 contribution in 2015 from FirstEnergy and $500 in 2019.

The Vindicator, August 22, 2020