Householder and the other defendants are accused of receiving more than $60 million to promote Householder, pass House Bill 6 and defeat a ballot initiative to overturn the bill, prosecutors allege.
The other defendants include political consultant Jeff Longstreth, former Ohio GOP Chairman Matthew Borges and lobbyists Neil Clark and Juan Cespedes.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said it’s working to determine how much each defendant received. Householder received at least $500,000 — $300,000 of which was used toward a lawsuit and another $100,000 went toward a house in Florida, DeVillers said.
The $60 million went through Generation Now, a 501c4 that DeVillers said was created “completely and utterly to hide where the donor came from.”
Generation Now, a 501(c)4 that’s not connected to a Cincinnati charity of the same name, is also named in the lawsuit.
There is no evidence that the scheme touches Gov. Mike DeWine’s office, DeVillers said.
However, DeVillers would not confirm if any other Ohio lawmakers are under investigation.