The powerful Republican speaker of the Ohio House and four other people were arrested Tuesday in a $60 million federal bribery investigation. (July 21)
DAVID DEVILLERS: And no one from that company has as of yet been charged. We're today to announce the arrest of Larry Householder, the Speaker of the House in the state of Ohio, and four other defendants for racketeering in relation to what is likely the largest bribery, money-laundering scheme ever perpetrated against the people of the state of Ohio.
The conspiracy was to pass and maintain a $1.5 billion bailout in return for $61 million dollars in dark money that were used for various things. One, to line the pockets of the defendants. Two, to build a power base for Larry Householder, and three, to further the conspiracy, that is to further the affairs of this enterprise.
Commercials, mailings, make no mistake, these allegations are bribery, pure and simple. This was a quid pro quo. This was play-- pay to play. And I use a term pay to play, because that's the term that they've used as alleged in the affidavit. So I will be referring to this as Company A.