Ohio House Speaker Charged With $61 Million in Bribes for Energy Bailout

“Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R) helped pass a controversial nuclear bailout bill in exchange for almost $61 million in bribes, federal prosecutors said Tuesday as they announced racketeering charges against the official.

“Make no mistake, these allegations are bribery, pure and simple,” David DeVillers, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, said at a press conference. “This was quid pro quo, this was pay to play.”

Householder, his aide Jeff Longstreth, former Ohio GOP Chairman Matt Borges and lobbyists Neil Clark and Juan Cespedes were all arrested and charged in federal court on Tuesday.”

Harper Neidig reports for The Hill July 21, 2020.

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