Jeff Longstreth

Former Statehouse lawmakers testify in Ohio bailout and bribery racketeering trial

BY: - February 27, 2023

The following article was originally published on and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   The federal corruption trial against former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder has had […]

Defense lawyer boils over in Ohio utility bailout and political bribery racketeering trial

BY: - February 24, 2023

CINCINNATI — The defense of former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder erupted Thursday in Householder’s epic corruption trial. Defense attorney Mark Marein of Cleveland suggested it was because of U.S. District Judge Timothy Black’s unfairness. But it came after a day in which the defense team’s attempts to undermine prosecution witnesses’ credibility might have come […]

Corruption trial witness: Householder called them “loans” but wouldn’t sign documents

BY: - February 22, 2023

CINCINNATI — In Washington, D.C. during Donald Trump’s January 2017 inauguration, then-Ohio Rep. Larry Householder had a dinner meeting with the top executives with Akron-based FirstEnergy. The executives stressed their likely need for a state bailout — and their need for a way to make unlimited, untraceable contributions to Householder’s bid for speaker, Householder’s top […]


Ohio’s billion-dollar bailout bribery trial showcasing rampant arrogance, corruption, and enabling

BY: - February 16, 2023

Every day more details emerge from Ohio’s billion-dollar bailout bribery trial showcasing gargantuan levels of arrogance, corruption, and enabling among energy executives and Ohio’s most powerful Republican politicians. Yesterday in federal court, prosecutors played recordings of late Ohio right-wing lobbyist Neil Clark that showed in extravagant detail how dirty Ohio politicians and power players really […]

From credit cards to pool cleaning, FirstEnergy money benefitted Householder, feds say

BY: - February 10, 2023

CINCINNATI — A $1.3 billion utility bailout might have been titled “Ohio Clean Air Program,” but the utility that received it paid to settle a lawsuit over a failed coal mine owned by Larry Householder, the bailout’s prime mover, a prosecution witness said in federal court on Thursday. Householder is charged with racketeering in what […]