Millions In Dark Money Spent In Republican Primaries for Statehouse

(July 23, 2018) Cleveland.com reports that “four secretive political groups” spent more than $2.6 million on the 2018 primary elections for the Ohio Statehouse — and Jim Trakas was the second largest recipient, receiving $100,051.98 in outside support from Growth and Opportunity, a dark-money group aligned with Republican Rep. Larry Householder.

“Voters in the 6th House District see that Columbus isn’t work for them. Instead, it works for lobbyists and special interests. With millions in dark money pouring into Republicans’ campaigns, the GOP culture of corruption and pay-to-play politics is sure to continue if we don’t fix Columbus,” said Phil Robinson the Democratic nominee for Ohio House District 6. “My opponent, Jim Trakas, received help from one of these shady outside groups, and now the voters need to know — who will Trakas represent, the voters or Larry Householder and his dark-money backers?”

“Our state government should work for everyone, not just the powerful and connected. I’m running because it is time to bring new leadership to Columbus, make sure our government is working for us and bring people together to get things done. Everyone should have the opportunity to succeed. That’s why I could not sit out this fight on behalf of Ohio’s working families.”

 

The Ohio Statehouse has been embroiled in scandals related to the payday lending and for-profit charter school industries — both of which give big bucks to Republican campaigns and organizations.

 

In April, former House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger resigned amid rumors that the FBI is investigating his travel with lobbyists for the payday and title loan industry.

The FBI is also investigating campaign donations related to the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow because a former employee has alleged the e-charter’s founder, Bill Lager, would reimburse staffers for political contributions.