COLUMBUS — Larry Householder and his alleged criminal enterprise helped prop up the Ohio Republican Party and Ohio House Republican Campaign Committee with fat checks, while individual candidates on “Team Householder” also benefited from having campaign staff that were funded by the enterprise, according to the criminal complaint revealed last week.
“Political candidates are required by law to report contributions, whether they are a check or an in-kind donation,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Every Republican House candidate who had a campaign manager or staff member in 2018 should have to answer this simple question — who paid for them? Did these candidates ask any questions when these campaign staffers showed up or did they just shrug their shoulders and do what they were told? Ignorance is no excuse here. If they had a campaign staffer that was paid by Larry Householder or one of his co-conspirators, these campaigns should have reported that as an in-kind donation. If they did not, that raises significant legal and ethical questions. No candidate or campaign should be able to benefit from a criminal conspiracy.”