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The American Petroleum Institute gave nearly $1.5M to help block House Bill 6 nuclear bailout

COLUMBUS – A trade organization for the oil and gas industry helped bankroll dark money groups trying to block Ohio’s $1 billion nuclear bailout, newly available tax records show.

The American Petroleum Institute, a U.S. trade association for the oil and natural gas industry, gave nearly $1.5 million to two dark money groups that tried to stop House Bill from becoming law, according to the association’s tax form published by Environment & Energy Publishing.

In 2019, API gave $975,000 to Ohioans Against Nuke Bailouts and $500,000 to Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts. Both groups are 501(c)(4) nonprofits, which are often called dark money groups because they do not need to disclose their donors.

Together, the groups spent nearly $5 million in advertising to stop House Bill 6 from becoming law, according to Ohio-based Medium Buying, a GOP media placement agency.

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2021-04-27 17:30:00

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