FBI: Multiple groups involved in Ohio $60M corruption scheme


MARK GILLISPIE

Associated Press

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CLEVELAND (AP) — A lengthy FBI agent affidavit detailing an alleged $60 million corruption scheme led by one of Ohio’s most powerful elected officials provides painstaking detail about groups and individuals who played roles in spending mostly corporate cash.

Only one of those groups is specifically named: Generation Now, a purported slush fund controlled by since-ousted Republican House Speaker Larry Householder and his closest political adviser, Jeffrey Longstreth.

Householder, Longstreth, three other individuals and Generation Now were indicted on federal racketeering charges last week, the same day Householder’s House colleagues removed him as speaker.

Prosecutors allege nearly all of the money spent to get Householder elected speaker, push a $1 billion corporate bailout through the Legislature and fund a dirty tricks campaign to kill an anti-bailout voter referendum touched Generation Now in some way.

The $60 million came from what the affidavit and indictment describe as “Company A,” an obvious reference to FirstEnergy Corp. and its various affiliates. But there are a number of other groups that played key roles that are not identified. Using public records, media reports and clues in the affidavit, here are the names of the groups and a synopsis of the roles they played:

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