Who is Matt Borges? Charged in racketeering case

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Who is Matt Borges?

Borges, 48, is an Ohio Republican operative and lobbyist who formed 17 Consulting and previously worked for Roetzel Consulting Solutions LLC, a consulting firm within the Roetzel & Andress law firm. He is also backing Right Side PAC, which is seeking to elect Joe Biden over Donald Trump. Last month, the Ohio GOP voted to censure Borges.

What is Borges’ political experience?

Backed by John Kasich, Borges served as chairman of the Ohio Republican Party from April 2013 to January 2017, replacing Kevin DeWine. Borges also managed Dave Yost’s 2014 re-election campaign for state auditor; served as chief of staff to State Treasurer Joe Deters; worked on the McCain-Palin 2008 presidential campaign; worked for the Office of the Vice President under Dick Cheney from 2001 to 2007; managed the 2010 GOP primary bid for Bob Gibbs for Congress; consulted for the National Republican Congressional Committee in 1992, 2000 and 2010.

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Why did he leave as chairman of the Ohio Republican Party?

Borges headed the party during a highly successful 2016 election cycle for Ohio Republicans but his tepid support of Donald Trump during the presidential race opened a rift within the party. Team Trump backed Jane Murphy Timken over Borges for the chairmanship.

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Who are Borges’ lobbying clients?

Last year, Borges was registered to represent: FirstEnergy Solutions; Catholic Diocese of Cleveland; Electronic Transaction Consultants Corp.; Ohio Medical Marijuana License Holder Coalition; Pharmaceutical Care Management Assoc.; SafeChain. His current clients are Ohio Medical Marijuana License Holder Coalition and Pharmaceutical Care Management Association.

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Ohio GOP Chairman Matthew Borges leaves U.S. District Court on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Columbus after an appearance on charges he participated in a racketeering conspiracy.
Ohio GOP Chairman Matthew Borges leaves U.S. District Court on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Columbus after an appearance on charges he participated in a racketeering conspiracy.

Credit: David Jablonski

Credit: David Jablonski

What is his personal background?

A Rhode Island native, Borges holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University. He is married and lives in Bexley, a suburb of Columbus. He was embroiled in a dispute over unpaid taxes and liens starting in 2005, with the final release being recorded Aug. 29, 2019.

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In 2004, Borges pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for giving preferential treatment to some investment brokers seeking business with the state treasurer under Republican Joe Deters. Borges’ record has since been expunged.

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