The founder of a prominent political action committee opposing President Donald Trump’s reelection was arrested on Tuesday in part of a public corruption probe.
Matthew Borges, a lobbyist and former chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, was arrested in connection to a year-long $60 million federal bribery scheme. According to prosecutors, Borges and three other lobbyists allegedly conspired with the Republican Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives to secure a $1.3 billion taxpayer bailout for an Ohio-based energy company, FirstEnergy Solutions.
Federal officials arrested Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, former Ohio GOP chair Matthew Borges, Neil Clark, (a huge lobbyist in Columbus), and two others on Tuesday morning in connection with a $60 million bribery case.— ClearingTheFog (Isolation Style) (@clearing_fog) July 21, 2020
UPDATED: Ohio Speaker Larry Householder, others arrested in $60 million bribery casehttps://t.co/l5Aq4rP7S7— Randy Ludlow (@RandyLudlow) July 21, 2020
“Householder, regarded as one of the state's three most powerful lawmakers, was taken into custody along with his adviser Jeffrey Longstreth, former Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matthew Borges and prominent lobbyists Neil Clark and Juan Cespedes” https://t.co/FOFWTOBtCY— Steven Harp (@StevenHarp_) July 21, 2020
The FBI arrested Ohio Republican House Speaker Larry Householder on bribery charges. He was arrested in connection with a $60 million bribery scheme along with four others: former state GOP Party Chair Matt Borges, a GOP legislative aide and two lobbyists. https://t.co/USxkKUuMTd— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) July 21, 2020
Don't get too excited. They are mostly never Trumpers. In fact Matthew Borges has a pro Biden PAC. This is literally "draining the swamp". Here is a screen from a recent article written by a lobbyist from that list pic.twitter.com/to5OhdRLb1— Randal Severance (@ninbmarsh) July 21, 2020
Re: Kasich speaking at DNC convention: “Out of office two years, not running for anything in 2018 or 2020, Kasich has run out of ways to remain in the spotlight or proximity to power except this one. He will speak on the last platform available to him.” https://t.co/panQTrspl1— Brit Hume (@brithume) July 21, 2020