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Mike Johnson’s Campaign Contributions From Company Tied to Russia

Russian nationals were able to donate to newly elected House Speaker Mike Johnson's campaign in 2018. (Click image for article.)

Photo: Newly elected House Speaker Mike Johnson on October 25, 2023, in Washington, D.C. Johnson’s campaign in 2018 was given thousands of dollars by a company predominantly owned by Russian nationals. GETTY IMAGES/CHIP SOMODEVILLA

A group of Russian nationals were able to donate to newly elected House Speaker Mike Johnson‘s campaign in 2018 by funneling the money through a U.S. company.

The Texas-based American Ethane company previously donated tens of thousands of dollars to the campaigns of Louisiana Republicans including Johnson, who was voted by the House to replace Rep. Kevin McCarthy as Speaker on Wednesday following three weeks of GOP chaos in the lower chamber.

While American Ethane was run in 2018 by American John Houghtaling, 88 percent of the firm was owned by three Russian nationals—Konstantin Nikolaev, Mikhail Yuriev, and Andrey Kunatbaev.

Johnson’s previous Russian campaign donations have been brought up as people criticize the Republican following his election to House Speaker, a position which is second in line to the presidency behind the vice president.

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