In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents swarmed the Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder’s farm Perry, County Sheriff Sergeant Brandon Forester said. Yet, they left local officials in the dark.
Householder has tremendous power as Ohio GOP Speaker of the House. The US Attorney’s office said that he had been charged in a case concerning “$60 million of bribes that were paid to a state official and associate,” according to The Dayton Daily News.
‘I do not know any details on that. You need to contact the FBI. They wouldn’t release any information to us.’
Household is both a farmer and a businessman in Glenford, Ohio. He has been speaker since January 2019. The legislator was also the speaker from 2001 to 2004, then his term expired, and he left. Householder returned to the ballot in 2018 and won. He was the first Ohio legislator to capture the speakership twice in the last 60 years.
Householder’s influence gives him immense power to influence how Ohio spends its over $140-billion budget. Like the Federal Senate Majority Leader and self-described Grim Reaper Mitch McConnell (R-KY) does so deftly, Householder is able to hold up legislation from going through the legislative process.
The speaker’s earned income derives from these businesses, according to his last Joint Legislative Ethics Committee filing:
‘Householder Farms, Peoples State Bank, Peoples National Bancshares, Perry Warehouse Company Ltd, and Householder & Sons Family.’
The speaker was investigated by the FBI from 2004 to 2006 due to “allegations of political corruption,” according to an earlier Dayton Daily News article. An Ohio House staff member Dwight Crump was loyal to Householder and wrote a 109-page memo laying out the speaker’s campaign plan. It read:
The FBI Special Agent in Charge Chris Hoffman and the US Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio David DeVillers will hold a press briefing on this explosive case Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 pm.
Sheriff Forester indicated that his department offered its support to the FBI.
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