Report: DeWine requested donations via text from FirstEnergy officials


XENIA — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has been connected with text conversations involving FirstEnergy then-CEO Chuck Jones in regards to fundraising requests, according to a report.

The report states that DeWine exchanged messages with Jones during his 2018 election campaign, asking for Jones to call him. It states that three days later Jones and the company’s then-senior vice president Mike Dowling agreed to make a contribution that was “dark money” in the sum of $500,000 to DeWine’s Republican Governor’s Association group.

The text messages were obtained through evidence collecting procedures by the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel via a public records request made by

During a speaking event in April, DeWine said he was not aware of any contributions made by FirstEnergy to his 2018 campaign.

Jones and Dowling were indicted on bribery charges in February of 2024.

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