Before he paid off the debt, a dark money group wired $400,000 to an account he controlled.

Matt Borges was an up-and-comer in Republican politics.

He was a former leader of the Ohio Republican Party, and in 2016, he was on candidate to become head of the Republican National Committee.

But since 2005, Borges has been dogged by tax problems. Most recently, the Dayton Daily News reported that Borges owed $493,624 in unpaid taxes — a debt whose lien the IRS released in August 2019.

The timing of Borges’ IRS debt resolution has raised questions. Borges has been charged with federal racketeering charges as part of the largest public bribery case in Ohio history.

Weeks before Borges paid off his IRS debt, a dark money group wired $400,000 to an account he controlled.

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