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Another Campaign Finance Complaint Filed Against Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder

House Rep Larry Householder (R-Glenford)
Jo Ingles
House Rep Larry Householder (R-Glenford)

Ohio’s elections chief has filed a complaint with the state Elections Commission accusing former House Speaker Larry Householder of campaign violations. 

Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s complaintalleges his fellow Republican, Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford), received $32,000 in excess or improper campaign donations. That includes $1,000 from Juan Cespedes, a lobbyist for FirstEnergy Solutions who haspleaded guilty in a $61-million-dollar bribery case connected to Ohio’s nuclear bailout law. Householder has pleaded not guilty to charges in that alleged bribery scheme. Four other unnamed donors were also part of this complaint for exceeding campaign finance limits.

This isn't the first timeLaRose has filed an elections complaint against Householder. Last summer, LaRose filed 162 campaign-finance charges against Householder, Cespedes, lobbyist Neil Clark and former Ohio Republican Party chairman Matt Borges - who are all also charged in that case.

Earlier this week, Householder made news for sponsoring legislationthat he says would hold Gov. Mike DeWine accountable for health orders that are part of his effort to fight coronavirus.

Read more abouut the review by Ohio's Secretary of State below.

Complaint filed today
Credit Ohio Sec. of State Frank LaRose's office
Complaint filed today

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.