Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s utilities chief Sam Randazzo got a lot more cash from FirstEnergy

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — New documents show that Sam Randazzo, a former utilities lawyer who later became Ohio’s top utilities regulator, received a huge personal windfall in 2015 from FirstEnergy Corp. in exchange for what the company has said was his agreement to change sides on a key state regulatory move FirstEnergy had been pushing for.

As part of the deal, FirstEnergy Corp. more than quadrupled Randazzo’s contract, from $2.5 million to $11.2 million, according to the documents.

Cuyahoga County has now reached the federal government’s threshold for “substantial” transmission, triggering the CDC’s recommendation that vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors. COVID-19 vaccination rates are up in Ohio, perhaps indicating that more people are taking heed of health experts warning that unvaccinated people are at high risk of contracting the virus as the delta variant spreads across the country.

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