According to recently released tax documents, an Oil and Gas trade group helped fund dark money groups attempting to obstruct Ohio’s $1 billion nuclear bailout. The tax form released by Environment & Energy Publishing stated that, the American Petroleum Institute, a trade organisation representing the Oil and Gas industry in the United States. The organization donated almost $1.5 million to two dark money organisations that attempted to stop House Bill from becoming law.
API spoke out against House Bill 6, which tacked fees onto Ohioans’ electric bills to subsidise two nuclear plants operated by First Energy Solutions in northern Ohio at the time. The party testified in committee against the nuclear bailout and later commissioned a poll to demonstrate how controversial the bill was with voters.
Todd Snitchler, API lobbyist said at the time, “The practical effect of HB 6 is to direct hundreds of millions of dollars to one company to the exclusion of its existing or potential competitors. API believes that businesses ought to follow the rules they agreed to and not try to unwind them when challenges arise.” API was also donating to oppose the bill, which is unsurprising. The size of the donations, however, was unknown until now.