Ohio Republican behind anti-Trump group among 5 arrested in federal bribery probe

A number of prominent Ohio Republicans were arrested as part of a federal investigation into an alleged bribery scheme.

One of the five suspects facing charges in connection with the probe is Matt Borges, the former chairman of the Ohio Republican Party who has since gone on to become a lobbyist and founder of a political action committee aimed at voting President Donald Trump out of office, as reported by Breitbart.

Background on the case

The nature of his alleged role in the scheme is unclear, but investigators believe Larry Householder, Ohio’s Republican House speaker, was the force behind the $60 million bribery plot.

Reports indicate the perpetrators of this crime organized the massive payouts to be funneled through a nonprofit organization that ultimately benefited Householder’s interests.

Authorities believe that in exchange for the bribes, Ohio-based FirstEnergy Solutions secured the speaker’s support for a $1.3 billion taxpayer-funded industry bailout.

In addition to his anti-Trump efforts, the Dayton Daily News reported that Borges was a registered lobbyist on behalf of FirstEnergy Solutions.

He was also allied with former Gov. John Kasich, an anti-Trump Republican expected to speak in favor of presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden at the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

Borges joins forces with never-Trumpers

Reports show Borges was pushed out of his position as state GOP chairman based in large part on his opposition to the president and was recently censured by the party.

As for his stated goals in founding the new Right Side PAC along with former Trump administration communications director Anthony Scaramucci, Borges reportedly wanted to target Republican voters — especially in swing states — who supported Trump in 2016 but have since become disillusioned with his presidency.

Axios reported that the committee’s strategy would be to “lay out Biden’s record on free trade, states’ rights, federal spending and respecting U.S. diplomatic and military alliances — and highlight his Catholic faith” in hopes of convincing Republicans to vote for the Democratic nominee in November.

Unlike some other GOP-backed anti-Trump groups, however, he made it clear that the PAC is not interested in seeing other Republicans lose their elections, describing his goal as a “reset” of the party after the president is out of office.

It remains unclear whether Borges’ arrest will derail the group’s work or whether such Republican efforts to oust Trump will have any measurable impact on the election at all.

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