Utility interests poured $2.7 million into Ohio politics in 2005-2006
No real kitchen table is complete without a pile of utility bills. In the average Ohio household with basic service, the monthly electric bill is $78.14, the gas bill is $114.53, and the telephone bill is $22.80, for a total of $215.39, according to the November 2006 Ohio Utility Rate Survey.
The numbers on these bills are determined by state law and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. When a governor, a legislator, or a commissioner is under the influence of utilities, everyday Ohioans can get fleeced. That's why utilities spend a lot of money to buy influence.
Utility contributions to Ohio candidates, political committees and ballot issue campaigns, 2005-2006
Not every utility-sector contributor is directly regulated by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Overwhelmingly, however, contributions come from regulated enterprises or those with a big financial stake in PUCO regulatory decisions.
For the purposes of the Rate Survey --
The source for all contribution figures is the National Institute for Money in State Politics. Row identifications above correspond to the Institute categories as follows: