UPDATE: As of July 25 2015, Raphael is no longer on the County Convention Facilities Board.
PREVIOUS STORY: A political consultant at the center of the FBI's red light camera bribery case made a rare public appearance.
10 Investigates found John Raphael as he attended a meeting at the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority Tuesday afternoon.
Raphael is a member of the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority. Until recently, Raphael was a regular lobbyist at Columbus City Hall. Now, even old friends including Council President Andrew Ginther don't talk to him.
When asked what his response about alleged "play to play" contracts at Columbus City Hall - this is what Raphael had to say: “Not anything until my attorneys tell me I can. When I can, I'd love to do that, but right now, I can't."
Karen Finley, the former CEO of the red light camera company that had a contract in Columbus, pled guilty to attempted bribery. She claims she paid money to a consultant to pay off Columbus and Cincinnati elected officials. The federal plea agreement mentions a consultant's donations. 10 Investigates linked donations through campaign finance records to former Cincinnati Councilman Jeff Berding - a supporter of the Redflex camera system. 10 Investigates also compared campaign finance reports to federal court records, it appears that the alleged bribes are all tied to the same consultant, John Raphael.
The donations include payments made by John Raphael's close family friend, his mother, his brother and a bartending employee at the restaurant Raphael owns. The FBI is currently investigating whether those donations from illegal money laundering.
Despite the FBI investigation looking into Raphael - he remains on these county boards -- for now. His term on the convention facilities board ends Saturday. It is unknown whether he will remain on that board.