Rosenberger’s attorney David Axelrod said he is confident that the purchase, which he considers not newsworthy, is not related to the FBI investigation.
“I am confident that the purchase was completely lawful, the mortgage perfectly legitimate, Speaker Rosenberger is not guilty of wrongdoing, and we expect him to be completely vindicated,” Axelrod said.
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On Oct. 10, Rosenberger formed Keep It Simple LLC, according to mortgage documents.
On Oct. 18, Mortgage Resources LLC was formed by a law firm, according to Ohio Secretary of State records.
On Oct. 31, Rosenberger bought the house on Renaissance Boulevard in Franklin Twp.
Rosenberger lists a post office box in Clarksville as his mailing address on his 2018 financial disclosure statement filed with the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee.
On the same form, Rosenberger discloses that he owes money to Northbank 503, LLC — an entity controlled by GOP donor and heiress Ginni Ragan.
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Ragan rented her 2,237-square-foot luxury condo in downtown Columbus to Rosenberger while he was in the Ohio House. She bought the condo in March 2014 for $660,000.
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Northbank 503 LLC gave a $209,354 mortgage to Hunter Wright II in April 2016, according to the Franklin County Recorder’s office. Wright, a former aide to Rosenberger, purchased a 1,000-square-foot condo unit in downtown Columbus for $210,000, according to the Franklin County Auditor’s office.
Wright, who is now a lobbyist, said in 2017 that the Wright and Ragan families have been long-time friends.