Householder Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Racketeering Charge

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford), former House Speaker
Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford), former House Speaker [Andy Chow /Statehouse News Bureau]
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Former House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) pleaded not guilty in federal court to charge of racketeering Thursday.

Householder, who was among the most powerful Republican leaders in the state, is accused of taking part in a bribery scheme in exchange for passing a nuclear power plant bailout. Still a member of the Ohio House, he appeared in court after several weeks of delay in order to find a new lawyer. 

He entered his plea of not guilty, which he told reporters he would do just days ago during a surprise gaggle on the House floor earlier this week. 

"I am innocent, I am going to defend myself vigorously," Householder said on Tuesday.  

A utility, believed to be FirstEnergy and a subsidiary, is accused of pumping millions of dollars into a dark money group. Investigators say Householder used that money for his own personal and political gain. 

All the defendants in the case have pleaded not guilty. 

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