COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A former chairman of the Ohio Republican Party charged in a $60 million federal bribery scheme has denied wrongdoing.
Lobbyist Matt Borges, who served as party chair from 2013 to 2017, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of racketeering following a July indictment.
The government accused Borges and four others of shepherding $60 million in energy company money for personal and political use in exchange for passing the bailout of two aging nuclear plants and then derailing an attempt to place a rejection of the bailout on the ballot.
“I did not break the law,” Borges told The Cincinnati Enquirer for a story Monday. “I did not conspire to break the law. I did not intend to break the law. I was not aware of anyone else breaking the law if it was happening.”
Borges’ attorney asked a Franklin County judge Monday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Republican Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost