The activities of dark money group Citizens for a Working America Inc. may be relevant to the investigation of former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and his associates, according to a letter CREW sent to the FBI and the US Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. Earlier this year, Householder and several Ohio political consultants were arrested on bribery and other charges, many stemming from approximately $60 million that flowed through a section 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization.
CWA, also a section 501(c)(4) nonprofit that does not publicly reveal its donors, contributed $535,000 to Hardworking Americans Committee, a federal super PAC, in April 2018. Soon after, the super PAC spent $521,492 on advertising, palm cards and surveys supporting Householder and opposing his competition. Additionally, CWA is a part of a network of nonprofits, tied together by personnel and financial connections, responsible for what CREW estimates as more than $36 million in secret spending on elections since 2011, including more than $5 million spent in Ohio elections in 2018 on both the state and federal level.
CREW separately filed a complaint against CWA for failing to register with the FEC as a political committee despite spending the majority of its funds on political activity by routing funds to super PACs. The fact that the vast majority of money backing Householder through Hardworking Americans Committee was first funneled through a non-disclosing entity like CWA certainly calls for the close scrutiny of DOJ and the FBI.