Matt Borges

Corruption trial texts: OH AG Yost didn’t speak out against bailout because of utility support

BY: - February 3, 2023

CINCINNATI — In June of 2019, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost thought a proposed utility bailout was a bad law, but he didn’t publicly oppose it because of support he’d received from the bailout’s primary beneficiary, FirstEnergy, according to lobbyists’ text messages displayed in court on Friday. Prosecutors displayed the messages as part of the […]

Texts show close consultation between Householder and FirstEnergy execs on utility bailout

BY: - February 2, 2023

A series of text messages displayed in federal court Thursday showed close consultation between executives of an electric utility and a lawmaker after the utility made huge contributions to make him Ohio House speaker. The consultations occurred as the lawmaker and the utility worked furiously to pass a huge bailout favoring the company.

Corruption trial delayed by COVID

BY: - January 26, 2023

CINCINNATI — A federal court trial over allegations of epic public corruption has been interrupted at least until Monday after a juror was diagnosed with COVID on Wednesday. “The Court was advised this afternoon that a juror has tested positive for COVID-19,” U.S. District Judge Timothy Black wrote in an order Wednesday evening. “In an […]

COMMENTARY

Rampant ‘good old boys’ corruption is robbing Ohioans blind

BY: - January 26, 2023

The first couple days of the Larry Householder/Matt Borges/FirstEnergy political bribery, billion dollar bailout corruption scandal conjured up stereotypical scenes from a poorly written movie: Fat cat politicians and lobbyists jet-setting on private corporate planes to D.C. to wine and dine at expensive steakhouses with other fat cat corporate executives. I imagine glasses of Scotch […]

‘Unholy alliance’ — Chaotic first day of Larry Householder corruption trial

BY: - January 24, 2023

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com 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.   CINCINNATI — The chaotic opening statements on Monday in the largest public corruption […]

Public service or massive theft? Arguments begin in Ohio bribery and corruption case

BY: - January 24, 2023

CINCINNATI — It depends on who you listen to. It was either a gargantuan bribery and money laundering scheme or it was a case of a conscientious public servant using his free speech rights to help the people of Ohio. Those were the stories told Monday by opposing counsel in the racketeering trial of former […]

‘Eyes of the country are on Ohio’ — Jury selected in Larry Householder corruption trial

BY: - January 23, 2023

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com 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 Ohio Statehouse, and the rest of the country, has their eyes on […]

Former Ohio speaker Larry Householder seeks to prevent recordings being played in corruption trial

BY: - January 18, 2023

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com 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.   In recently-filed documents, former Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives Larry Householder […]

Dozens of companies, AG Yost, former lawmakers subpoenaed ahead of Householder corruption trial

BY: - January 11, 2023

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com 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.   In newly-filed documents, federal prosecutors outlined some of the evidence they want to […]

Utility corruption questions continue as HB 6 trial nears

BY: - January 11, 2023

This monthly recap provides updates on Ohio’s ongoing utility corruption scandal and is a joint project of Eye on Ohio, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Ohio Center for Journalism, and the nonprofit Energy News Network. Court orders last week rejected a motion to dismiss criminal charges against former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and confirmed he will stand […]

Householder trial set to begin next month

BY: - December 13, 2022

This story providing updates on Ohio’s ongoing utility corruption scandal is a joint project of Eye on Ohio, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Ohio Center for Journalism, and the nonprofit Energy News Network. Parties are in the home stretch of trial preparation in the federal government’s criminal case against former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and others. The […]

Householder defense in racketeering trial previewed in fight over campaign finance experts

BY: - October 21, 2022

A fight over expert testimony in the felony racketeering trial of former Republican Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder offers a window into the ex-legislative leader’s defense strategy over his alleged role in the $1.3 billion First Energy bailout, political bribery scandal. U.S. attorneys filed a response this week the U.S. Southern District of Ohio court […]