Team Householder gets charged with racketeering

I don’t have time to unpack this whole thing, and it will be a while before it all starts to come into focus.
I just wanted to make sure the common folks have access to the 81 page FBI indictment of the Ohio Speaker without having to sign up for anything.

The shell company, Generation Now Ohio was set up by a lawyer named Eric Lycan, who used to be a partner at Dinsmore and Shohl. Now he’s with the Kentucky House Republicans. He’s called an expert in campaign finance by a few of his friends on his Linkedin page. House speaker Larry Householder, former Ohio GOP chairman Matt Borges, 48, of Bexley; lobbyist Neil Clark, 67, of Columbus; lobbyist and Ohio Civil Rights Commission member Juan Cespedes, 40, of Columbus; and political consultant Jeffrey Longstreth, 44, of Columbus were all arrested and charged with racketeering.

The way the FBI described it, “Company A”- which is First Energy, gave a boatload of cash to Housholders shell company, Generation Now Ohio, a 501(c)(4). Then, they had a whole tier of secondary shell companies- that distributed the money to candidates on “Team Householder”- which is 21 house members who haven’t been identified yet. The FBI is pissed they have to waste time on this, they have better things to go after instead of “Politicians who can’t do their jobs.” This is the first time they’ve filed a RICO charge against a public official in Ohio (they obviously haven’t looked very hard, because the Dayton Culture of Corruption is just as guilty).

The FBI said that these crooks actually used the words “Pay to play” and they have them discussing this same sort of arrangement with payday lenders. The quotes are just unreal:

From the indictment pg 19 – LH – householder, NC- Neil Clark a lobbyist
“LH: Now switching gears. So we are looking at the payday lenders. And we are expecting big things in (c)(4) money from payday lenders….
NC: Right. Right.
LH: So far, I think we are what, fifty? I think
NC: Are you, you’re checking now with Jeff right?
LH: Right.
NC:: You should have gotten twenty-five or fifty from [owner of firm], correct?
LH: Yes.
LH: [After confirming with someone in the background} Twenty five total . . . Twenty five total is what we’ve got”
They spent huge sums on advertising. The agencies aren’t disclosed but, give me time.
The insane part, is after they passed HB 6 to give First Energy it’s 1.5B and people started to try to do a ballot initiative to reverse it- Team Householder hired all the signature collection competitors so the opposition couldn’t get it on the ballot.
RICO isn’t far enough. It’s time to start trying these political punks with treason. That way, we can actually hang them.
If you look at this money, it’s still only half of what went missing at Wright State. So far, the FBI and the DOJ still haven’t charged Cliff Rosenberger the last Ohio House Speaker.
How much corruption can get covered up in Ohio?
When will we see someone really big do big time?
So, far, the best they’ve done with an elected official was 3 months and 21 days for Joey D. Williams who was allowed to gracefully leave office before getting charged a year later.
Gotta give the FBI credit, a year after only arresting African Americans, and Steve Rauch, they’ve finally arrested some white guys.
Tyler Buchanan @Tylerjoelb covers Statehouse/Politics  for @OhioCapJournal Former editor of the  @athensmessenger and a . BGSU grad built a spreadsheet to show where Householder money went:
Fascinating reading. Might want to keep an eye on Ohio Capital Journal.



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