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Householder and others indicted on RICO conspiracy

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NEW LEXINGTON Ohio Speaker of the House and Perry County native Larry Householder was indicted by a federal grand jury in the US District Court Southern District/Western Division on Thursday morning. Charges stem from accusations of federal racketeering conspiracy involving $60 million paid to a 501(4) entity to uphold a billion-dollar bailout for nuclear power.

The indictment contains allegations against Householder and four other individuals, plus Householders social welfare organization.

Along with the federal indictment, the 133rd General Assembly for Ohio congregated at the Statehouse in Columbus on Thursday to vote on the removal of the Speaker of the House, who was voted into office in 2018.

Ohio State Representative Bill Seitz motioned to vacate the office of the current speaker, and the Ohio House of Representatives voted in a 90-0 decision to vacate the Speaker of his duties. Some members of the House chose not to cast a vote.

Two individuals were named to replace Householder as the Speaker including Householders number two, Speaker Pro Tempore Jim Butler, and former Supreme Court Justice Representative Bob Cupp.

In a 55-38 vote, Cupp was voted in the position. After being elected Cupp promised that the House will revisit House Bill 6.

Prior to the indictment, 61-year-old Householder, of Glenford, along with four other individuals and a 501(4), Generation Now, were previously charged in a criminal complaint that was first unsealed on July 21.

The criminal complaint document alleged the enterprise conspired to violate a racketeering statute through honest services wire fraud, receipt of millions of dollars in bribes and money laundering.

Along with Householder the other four individuals charged in the indictment include Mathew Borges of Bexley, 48; Jeffrey Longstreth of Columbus, 44; Neil Clark of Columbus, 67; and Juan Cespedes of Columbus, 40. Householders social welfare organization, Generation Now, was also charged in the indictment.

According to the indictment, Householder and the other defendants are charged with one count of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Conspiracy which is a federal violation under 18 United States Code (U.S.C.) 1962(d).

In the 43-page document, Householders Enterprise aggregated an ongoing system in which members functioned as a unit for the common purpose of achieving the goals of the enterprise, and the enterprise committed in and affected interstate commerce.

Borges, according to the United States Attorneys Office of the Southern District, is a lobbyist who priorly served as the chair of the Ohio Republican Party. Longstreth was described as Householders longtime campaign and political strategist. Clark is also described as a lobbyist who owns and operates Grant Street Consultants and previously was a budget director for the Ohio Republican Caucus. Further, Cespedes was detailed as a multi-client lobbyist.

According to the courts documents, a timeline from March of 2017 to March 2020 saw Householders Enterprise receiving millions of dollars for the Speakers and his accomplices assistance in the passage of House Bill 6. The passage of the bill gave a billion-dollar bailout to two failing nuclear plants which saved them from closing in Ohio.

The defendants allegedly worked in a corrupt manner to make sure that the Bill would not be affected by defeating any attempt to overturn the piece of legislation. The Southern District Office stated that approximately $60 million was given to the enterprise for Generation Now from an energy company and its affiliate during the period in question.

In February of 2017, Longstreth integrated Generation Now as a 501(4) which is designated for social welfare entities. Householder then secretly controlled the entity, allegedly. Clark has stated on the record Generation Now is the Speakers (4).

As part of the federal law process, the names and addresses of Generation Now are not available to the public for inspection.

In March of 2017, Householder started to receive quarterly payments amounting to $250,000 from companies related to energy corporations into the bank account of Generation Now.

The Southern District Attorneys office stated that the defendants allegedly spent millions of the companys dollars to support the Perry County natives political bid to become the House Speaker and to support others they believed would back his campaign as well as for their own personal benefit.

Its unlimited, Clark said to investigators when asked how much money was in Generation Now.

In the affidavit filed to support the criminal complaint, allegations also include that in 2018, Householders Enterprise spent money on approximately 21 different state candidates, 15 in the primary and six additional in the general election; Householder was included in the primary candidates.

The enterprise spent more than $1 million in the fall of 2018 in an attempt to issue negative ads against its opponents. All those who won their elections voted for Householder to be the speaker.

The affidavit also alleges money being passed from the energy company in question through Generation Now was utilized for Householders campaign staff which would have been paid for by his committee, Friends of Larry Householder.

Householder, personally, received more than $400,000 in benefits as a result of the amount put into Generation Now. He also received funding to settle a personal lawsuit, to pay for costs associated with his residence in Florida, and to pay off thousands of dollars of credit card debt.

The enterprise also allegedly paid $15,000 to an individual to give insider information regarding ballot initiatives and offered to pay signature collectors for the ballot initiative $2,500 cash and a plane fare to stop gathering signatures.

The charges involving racketeering conspiracy in the case is punishable up to 20 years in prison. The FBI is currently investigating the case. Deputy Criminal Chief Emily N. Glatfelter, Assistant United States Attorney Matthew C. Swinger along with Assistant Deputy Criminal Chief Timothy Mangan and Assistant United States Attorney Megan Gaffney Painter will represent the United States in the case.

An indictment merely contains allegations, and defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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Sanders and Schumer call on McConnell to hold hearings to fight election conspiracy theories – KTVZ

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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York are calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to create a new bipartisan committee focused on election integrity and schedule hearings to reassure Americans over a process President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to undermine.

There is growing anxiety among Democrats, and some Republicans, that Trump will not only continue to sow doubt over the legitimacy of the coming election but throw the subsequent count into chaos by declaring victory before all the votes can be tallied, including the millions that will arrive by mail.

In a letter to McConnell, Sanders and Schumer quote back the Kentucky senator’s own words, in which he attested to the reliability of mail-in voting by citing its successes in Oregon, Washington and Colorado, which have been using the system for years.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the validity of mail-in voting, promoted conspiracy theories questioning election security, called on supporters to act as unsanctioned “poll watchers,” and suggested that the absence of a clear result by the evening of November 3 would in some way cast doubt on the eventual outcome. Key allies in powerful positions, like Attorney General Bill Barr, have followed suit. Barr has persisted in puffing up a debunked claim that ballots received by mail would somehow strip the sender of their privacy — ignoring well-established safeguards.

By escalating the matter now, Sanders and Schumer are responding to growing concern, in partisan and nonpartisan spaces, that Americans are not adequately prepared for the potential of a longer-than-usual wait for results or Trump’s willingness to short-circuit the democratic process if he smells defeat.

“Democrats and Republicans in Congress must come together to ensure that we have a free and fair election where every vote is cast and counted without intimidation,” Sanders told CNN, “where no one has to put his or her health in danger to cast a ballot, and where we have full confidence in the results.”

The proposed hearings would invite a cross-section of election officials from across the country to testify to the security and reliability of mail-in, early- and in-person voting — subjects on which Sanders and Schumer, again, referenced McConnell’s own words.

“Despite the clear security of our vote-by-mail system, some have continued to undermine it with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud,” they wrote. “As you have correctly said, people ‘can vote early, you can vote on Election Day, or you can drop it in the mail,’ and that voters should ‘not worry about your vote not counting.’”

The minority leader and Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, also want more detailed discussion about the fraught hours, or days, after the polls close and a real-time watch of the election horse race potentially swings from one candidate to another.

“We know a number of states may well be counting ballots for a period of time after Election Day, and that those votes may be determinative in this election,” the senators wrote to McConnell. “To avoid disinformation, conspiracy theories, and suspicion about results, we must understand the likely timeline for this process.”

The letter goes on to reference the recent war games-style preparations conducted by a group called the Transition Integrity Project, a bipartisan gathering of operatives and academics that made headlines when some of the outcomes of their exercises — including “both street-level violence and political impasse” — were reported on in late July.

“A bipartisan group of experts and officials have studied multiple scenarios where the outcome of the election was not immediately known. Some of these scenarios resulted in unrest and even violence,” Sanders and Schumer wrote, suggesting the Senate should elevate similar discussions and familiarize the public with the uncertainties ahead. “We would like to hear from the most knowledgeable people in the country as to how we can do everything possible to make sure that the election and the period afterward is secure and peaceful.”

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HHS official sorry for conspiracy theory video

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HHS supported Caputo, with a statement that called him a critical, integral part of the presidents coronavirus response, leading on public messaging as Americans need public health information to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.

There was no immediate statement from the White House.

Attempts to reach Caputo were unsuccessful.

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called on Azar to fire Caputo, accusing the spokesman of trying to interfere with CDC reports to the medical and scientific community, as well as the public at large. And Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on Azar himself to resign, citing interference with the CDC as one example of what he termed the administration’s failures.

Officials at CDC have privately complained of recent efforts by political appointees at main HHS to try to edit or press for changes in the agency’s weekly MMWR publications, a go-to resource for public health professionals.

MMWR articles are technical, but they reveal telling details. One published earlier this year noted that while Trump’s travel restrictions dramatically reduced travel from China in February, nothing was being done at that time to restrict travel from Italy and Europe, where the coronavirus was spreading widely and rapidly. Analysis of virus samples from hard-hit New York in March suggested it was introduced there from Europe and other parts of the U.S., the CDC article reported.

Caputo is an unswerving Trump loyalist. His recent book, The Ukraine Hoax, claims the presidents phony impeachment was rooted in a vast conspiracy.

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unwinona:This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS…

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This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS and Polio narrative (among others), only we’re seeing it escalated to weeks and months instead of years or decades.

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