Related: The fast and furious fall of Cliff Rosenberger
A federal search warrant and subpoena issued to the Ohio House on May 22 and released to the public in August showed that federal authorities have been trying to build a public corruption case against Rosenberger and three payday lending industry representatives. The search and seizure warrant detailed documents federal investigators believe contain evidence of extortion and bribery.
The FBI raided former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger's home as well as a storage unit Wednesday.
While Rosenberger was speaker, a payday lending reform bill — House Bill 123 — was opposed by the industry and stalled in the Ohio House. After his departure, lawmakers adopted the bill and Republican John Kasich signed it into law in early August.
Rosenberger, of Clarksville, has maintained that all his actions as speaker were ethical and lawful.
Current House Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, was the focus on a federal investigation into allegations of political corruption in 2004. In 2006, the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice announced that its investigation concluded with no charges being filed. Householder returned to the Ohio House in 2017 and re-captured the speaker post this year.
Meanwhile, Rosenberger has been spotted from time to time around Columbus. “He is trying to maintain his sanity with the sword of Damocles over his head and I think he’s doing a super human job,” Axelrod said.