CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said the first time he heard about the bribery allegations involving Larry Householder was on Tuesday when federal authorities announced corruption charges against the state’s Speaker of the house.
The governor added that he has not been in touch with investigators in regards to the case, which stems from a $60 million bribery scheme tied to House Bill 6 allegedly headed by Householder and involved four of his associates and FirstEnergy Corp.
“I’ve has absolutely no contact,” Gov. DeWine stated. “To my knowledge, no one in my administration has had contact with investigators.”
“We don’t have any involvement in this,” the governor added.
The alleged conspiracy occurred between March 2017 and March 2020.
Gov. DeWine said any campaign money collected from those who have been charged in the corruption case will be donated back to charity. This does not apply yet to money accepted from FirstEnergy Corp.
The governor’s remarks came on Wednesday during the COVID-19 briefing from Columbus.
As of Wednesday, the Department of Health says 3,235 Ohioans have died from the coronavirus with at least 78,742 cases reported statewide since the start of the pandemic.
The increase of 1,527 new cases over the last 24 hours reported on Wednesday is the second-highest spike in a single day.
An additional 4,333 cases and 259 deaths are presumed to be linked to COVID-19 under the CDC expanded definitions and included in the Ohio Department of Health’s reporting.
Out of the 9,864 hospitalizations reported on Monday, at least 2,386 individuals were admitted to intensive care units.