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FirstEnergy, first the campaign dough, then the energy don't

Does this surprise you? AP reports,

An Ohio utility at the center of investigations into last week's blackout is no stranger to Washington, giving more than $1 million to Republicans and Democrats in the last election and counting a top executive among President Bush's fund-raisers.

Roughly 70 percent of the donations from FirstEnergy and its employees to the national parties and congressional candidates in the last election season went to Republicans, figures compiled by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics show.

Company officials are also active in the 2004 election. FirstEnergy chief executive H. Peter Burg helped organize a June 30 fund-raiser headlined by Vice President Dick Cheney in Akron, Ohio, which brought in $600,000 for the Bush-Cheney re-election effort.

Daily Kos is not surprised by the facts, just that somebody wrote about it.

According to OpenSecrets.org, FirstEnergy was number 6 on the list of electric utilities in contributions through its PAC and employees. But these folks gave some of the money to Democrats, don't forget -- hey, they ain't stupid. According to OpenSecrets, the company's largest soft money contributions in the 2002 cycle were to the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) and the DSCC (Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee).