If you live in Ohio then your electricity rates are going to go up next year.

Everyone seems to agree on that.

But if House Speaker Jon Husted gets his way – then those rates are going to go up A LOT. Possibly 70% higher!

To be fair – Husted did, at one point, seem willing to compromise with Governor Strickland on the energy bill that is still stuck in the house.

That is until the big energy companies – AEP in particular – made it clear that they were not happy and demanded the bill be changed.

And why would the powerful House Speaker be willing to force higher energy rates on Ohio’s residential and commercial energy consumers?

The answer is simple: Jon Husted took $41,000 in campaign contributions from energy companies in the past two years.

PAC NAME 2006 2007 Total
AEP COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSIBLE GOVT 0 2000 2000
AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER PAC 5000 3500 8500
CONSOL ENERGY PAC 500 0 500
DUKE ENERGY PAC 0 10000 10000
FIRST ENERGY PAC 0 10000 10000
MURRAY ENERGY PAC 10000 0 10000
Grand Total 15500 25500 41000

This doesn’t even include contributions from people like Michael Morris – President of AEP – who has been contributing to Husted since 2004.

Come on, Jon. It’s time to pick sides.

The people of Ohio and Ohio’s manufacturers or your big energy buddies.

 

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