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The Republican speaker of the Ohio House and several others were just caught and arrested for “federal corruption and campaign finance violations.”

House Speaker Larry Householder has been accused in a $60 million bribery scheme which according to U.S. Attorney David DeVillers is “possibly the largest instance of bribery and money laundering that had ‘ever been perpetrated against the people of the state of Ohio.'”

According to The Daily Wire, the case involves “bailouts of two nuclear power plants owned by FirstEnergy, legislation for which Householder helped push through after years of unsuccessful lobbying on the part of the company. House Bill 6 slapped a monthly fee on the utilities bill of Ohioans to pay for the bailout.”

“The federal complaint alleges that in exchange, Householder and his associates received $60 million, which was funneled through “Generation Now,” a dark money group Householder controlled and used to advertise in favor of the bill. Householder then allegedly used that money to increase his political power by backing candidates that would support him for speaker. Generation Now also allegedly spent $15 million in an ad campaign to keep controversial House Bill 6 from being placed on the ballot to be approved by voters.”

Republican Governor Mike DeWine has called for Householder to resign and state Representative Mike Skindell added, “Corruption has no place in our government, regardless of political party. When corruption is revealed, it is important we act quickly to fix what has been broken.”

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