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2022 endorsement announcement

Sep 22, 2022 4:24 PM

Ohio Citizen Action proudly announces the organization’s first round of c4 candidate endorsements in nearly 30 years. The 2022 endorsement slate includes statewide, Congressional, and state legislative candidates. 

“After nearly 30 years, Ohio Citizen Action has made the choice to engage in the endorsement process again to better inform and engage Ohio voters in the democratic process,” said Ohio Citizen Action Political Director, Kyle Marcum. “The candidates endorsed by Ohio Citizen Action are demonstrably pro-climate and firmly committed to protecting voting rights for the residents of Ohio. This election is just too important to sit it out.” 

Endorsed candidates include:

  • Jennifer Brunner (D) for Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice
  • Marilyn Zayas (D) for Ohio Supreme Court
  • Terri Jamison (D) for Ohio Supreme Court
  • Tim Ryan (D) for U.S. Senate
  • Greg Landsman (D) for U.S. Congress (CD-1)
  • Marcy Kaptur (D) for U.S. Congress (CD-9)
  • Emilia Sykes (D) for U.S. Congress (CD-13)
  • Casey Weinstein (D) for Ohio State Representative (HD-34)

As part of our work around these announced endorsements, OCA will be knocking on doors and talking with Ohio voters in targeted areas around the state in support of the endorsed candidates. OCA is a c4 organization that focuses on mobilizing Ohioans around improving environmental quality, protecting consumers, and preserving voting rights. A second round of issue endorsements is expected to be announced within the next week. 

“Given the abject failure of Ohio’s leaders in securing Constitutionally fair and final electoral maps, as well as the unprecedented energy scandal that still casts a shadow over Ohio’s Statehouse, support for candidates who are dedicated to ensuring legislative and electoral integrity has become even more critical,” said Marcum. “For too long, many of Ohio’s elected officials have turned a blind eye to monumental issues such as climate change, gerrymandering, and corruption. We deserve better, and Ohio Citizen Action is ready to help mobilize support for candidates who put Ohioans first.”

House Bill 429 is a Vital Step for Ohio

Sep 15, 2022 3:10 PM

As a mother raising my children in Ohio, our backwards energy policies are a cause for anxiety. Ohio families deserve better than pollution and high energy bills. That’s why I’m supporting House Bill 429: Energy Jobs and Justice Act.

If passed, HB429 will save Ohioans money by protecting energy customers against massive utility rate increases that drive up our energy bills. HB429 supports the development of clean energy businesses and job training programs in alternative energy industries that focus on energy waste reduction as well as investing in renewable energy like solar, wind, and geothermal energy.

Supporting these energy alternatives and their infrastructure in Ohio gives Ohioans the opportunity to create an in-demand workforce. Actively transitioning away from fossil fuels and updating our outdated power grid making it reliable, resilient, and secure.

House Bill 429 is a vital step for Ohio in improving our environment, saving Ohioans money, and creating clean energy jobs while working toward the goal of a 100% reduction in statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Ohio families deserve a healthy environment, affordable clean energy, and the jobs that energy creates. I urge everyone to take this important step for Ohio and contact your representatives in support of House Bill 429: Energy Jobs and Justice Act.

Sarah Ricks

Canal Winchester, OH

We Cannot Lag Behind the Rest of the World

Sep 13, 2022 3:08 PM

As a lifelong Ohioan I have been here through the ups and downs, and it is about time we pick up our feet on environmental policy. Growing up near Akron I now have lifelong asthma due to the horrible air quality here and have first hand experience on how our terrible environmental standards ruin the beauty of the nature around us.

I love Ohio and hate to see such irresponsible energy policy corrupt our environment. Thats why the Energy Jobs and Justice act needs to be passed so that we don't have to let another generation suffer through bad air quality and declining environment. This act will greatly reduce our carbon emissions (50% by 2030) and in addition will open up hundreds of new jobs in the renewable, clean energy sector.

As Ohioans we need to do better. We cannot lag behind the rest of the world and leave future generations with the burden of climate change.

Eleanor Webb

Cleveland, OH

Let's Get Behind the Energy Jobs & Justice Act!

Sep 08, 2022 3:03 PM

My wife and I attended a fundraiser for a Congressional candidate last week. He pointed out that renewable energy accounts for approximately 10% of America’s energy sources (actually only 3% in Ohio). Experts state that if we increase that to 20% in the next several years, a lot of the oil politics that dominate our news cycles and affect us personally may be a thing of the past.
If we can reduce our dependency on others, producing all the power we need here at home, we would be creating energy independence which would go a long way to reducing the current inflation and we can remove our heavy, carbon footprint on the Earth.

It is for these reasons and others that I support the Energy Jobs and Justice Act (house Bill 429. Its passage would facilitate Ohio expanding its use of solar and wind energy sources which would lessen the burden of coal, oil, and gas. The bill would ensure much-needed accountability and transparency with the Public Utilities Commission, and it would invest millions per year in workforce development and contractor equity by directing resources to Ohio communities that have historically faced disinvestment and will draw in billions per year of new private workforce investment in Ohio.
I encourage all citizens of Ohio to encourage their State Representatives to vote yes on this bill.

Mark Jaffee

Oberlin, OH

PUCO Needs Reforms

Aug 12, 2022 12:36 PM

We're finally getting more of the picture regarding what led to the House Bill 6 scandal. A trove of more than 2,000 records subpoenaed by the FBI shows how former PUCO chair Sam Randazzo, Governor Mike DeWine and others acted leading up to and during passage of HB 6.

The records also prove that, together we are a force to be reckoned with

No one exerted more influence over Ohio's corrupt energy policy than Sam Randazzo. Our Ohio Consumers Power Alliance project was correct to call for his resignation.

Thank you to the 2,467 members like you who wrote to demand Gov. Mike DeWine remove him from the PUCO.

Those that were shaping energy policy during these scandalous past few years must be held to account. Won't you please help?

We wholeheartedly agree with this editorial from Sunday's Toledo Blade:

It’s an embarrassment to the very concept of state ethics laws that a regulator could earn millions from a firm he regulated while filing Ohio financial disclosure statements.

It would be better to abolish the Ohio Ethics Commission than to allow this massive failure of process to go unfixed.

Regulators’ foot-dragging on releasing public records hides the full story behind Ohio’s utility corruption scandal. We deserve the truth.

New information comes to light every day affirming that Ohioans have been left in the dark about how our energy policy is made. But PUCO still hasn't produced all the documents from both before and after Randazzo's tenure.

We demand to know:

WHY has the PUCO mostly stayed the course with the approach Randazzo crafted for the agency’s limited and piecemeal response to the HB 6 scandal?

WHY did Gov. DeWine use his personal email to communicate with former PUCO chair Sam Randazzo about House Bill 6?

WHY has the PUCO stymied challengers’ fact-finding efforts in various HB 6-related cases, as well as delaying timelines for those cases, which won’t wrap up before DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted face re-election in the fall?

And WHAT, if anything, has DeWine told the PUCO since Randazzo left about investigating alleged corruption?

Power A Clean Future Ohio goes to Washington

On Thursday August 4, Power a Clean Future Ohio Executive Director Joe Flarida delivered expert testimony to the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs during its hearing, "Borrowed Time: The Economic Costs of Climate Change.”

Joe presented the findings from a first-of-its-kind report, The Bill is Coming Due: Calculating the Financial Cost of Climate Change to Ohio’s Local Governments, which provides a conservative estimate of the additional costs that municipalities can expect to incur due to climate change.

According to the report, local governments across Ohio will need to increase municipal spending by as much as $5.9 billion annually by midcentury to adapt to the challenges of a worsening climate crisis.

Do Better

Aug 12, 2022 12:35 PM

Thank you to everyone who has called, written, emailed, recorded a video, or made a contribution to our Our Crime with DeWine campaign!

We released another video featuring Ohioans who are sick of the lack of leadership and integrity demonstrated by the DeWine/Husted Administration in cleaning up the House Bill 6/PUCO scandal.

Disappointment and frustration over unanswered calls for change and unanswered calls on the phone are moving more Ohioans to action. They are demanding the Governor “do better.”

We hope you will take a moment to watch:

Our voices are being heard

"Coal subsidies and gutted renewable standards remain two years after Householder’s bribery arrest." It's enough to make you think you have to be living in an alternate universe. But no, just living in Ohio post House Bill 6. 

Our former Senior Advisor, Lisa Maatz commented on how the Ohio legislature have refused to pass a full repeal of HB6: 

“Consumers are getting hosed in Ohio right now and they know it... Politicians have been counting on consumers having short memories..the reality is the sting of this is lingering and we get a reminder of it every month when our bills come up.”


FirstEnergy’s Executive Council knew of Randazzo payout long before FBI closed in

The $4.3 million Randazzo payment was disclosed last week in a shareholder securities lawsuit

FirstEnergy's C-suite executives and senior VPs were apparently all informed of the company's plan to bribe Ohio's top utility regulator in a meeting months before they paid out the $4.3 million bribe. FirstEnergy only publicly disclosed the payout in 2020 after the FBI raided Randazzo’s home.

The timing of the alleged Executive Council meeting matters

Former FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Jones disclosed the existence of the payment to Randazzo’s private consulting firm at an Executive Council meeting in December 2018. It means that we can finally let go of the claim that Governor DeWine hand-picked Sam Randazzo to lead the Public Utilities Commission without knowing his ties to FirstEnergy.

It's further evidence how FirstEnergy works behind the scenes to protect their profits and fight the clean energy transition.


Did you know that we have two electric school bus manufacturers in the state of Ohio and 611 school districts, yet NOT ONE electric school bus is driven on our roads?! If you have a moment, please tell your school district leaders today that you are ready for EV buses in Ohio!

Un-happy Scandalversary

Aug 12, 2022 12:33 PM

Two years ago on July 21, FBI agents blew open the biggest bribery scheme in Ohio history with the arrests of Larry Householder and four associates on bribery and racketeering charges.

In the 24 months that followed:

  • Two men pled guilty
  • FirstEnergy fired top executives
  • Ohio's top utility regulator Sam Randazzo resigned (after the FBI raided his condo)
  • one co-defendant died by suicide
  • lawmakers expelled Householder from the Legislature
  • FirstEnergy admitted complicity in the bribery scheme and entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the federal government; and
  • Some of the tainted HB6 was repealed

BUT...Ohioans have yet to see justice fully done. 

With your help, our Crime with DeWine campaign keeps pressing for accountability in Columbus and real reform at the PUCO.

Our latest video featured Zach Bullheimer, a Columbus resident who was impacted by last month’s life-threatening AEP power shutoffs. Zach details how he was personally affected by the outages, but also how others in his neighborhood suffered because of grid vulnerabilities and a lack of advanced notice for consumers.

Governor Mike DeWine knew these outages were coming, yet did nothing to warn Ohioans. He did, however, find the time to accept $13,000 in campaign contributions from AEP in April of this year. His priorities are clear.

Ohio deserves a comprehensive energy policy built around equitable solutions that are good for our economy, our communities, and our health. We continue to call on lawmakers to immediately repeal ALL of HB 6 in order to reinstate Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards in full and stop supporting ratepayer-funded subsidies of antiquated coal facilities.

Most of us don’t have $61 million to spend

Jul 18, 2022 4:19 PM

Over the past few months, members like you have signed petitions, made phone calls, written letters, and recorded videos demanding that Gov. DeWine listen to the people and reject utility campaign contributions.

Instead, Governor DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Husted continue to take money from the same utility companies that brought us House Bill 6 and shut off the power for hundreds of thousands of families during last month’s life-threatening heat waves. Most of us don’t have $61 million to spend on campaign contributions.

In April alone, Governor DeWine took $13,000 from AEP, Ohio's largest electric utility 

Governor DeWine has the power to end this culture of corruption at the Public Utilities Commission. Instead, he chooses to profit from it while all of us are left in the dark.

Don’t let Governor DeWine off the hook 

Call him today (614) 644-4357

Even better, send us a video of you doing it (upload here)!

PUCO hearing last Wednesday

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio hosted a hearing last week about this month’s AEP blackouts. Ohioans are feeling the full impact of our state’s poor energy policy decisions. Tragically, the shutoffs and outages hit low-income, non-white neighborhoods especially hard. This is why we need the Energy Jobs & Justice Act!

AEP officials appeared before the PUCO to discuss this month's electric power outages. The meeting was open to the public and is available to watch now on the PUCO’s YouTube channel.

7 things leaders should do to get serious

Janine Migden-Ostrander, an Institute for Energy Democracy Fellow at Pace University’s Law School, Energy and Climate Center is the former Ohio Consumers’ Counsel. Janine lays out seven common-sense steps Ohio leadership can take to protect customers, assure grid reliability and make energy is more affordable:


No comment is NOT acceptable, Gov. DeWine

Jul 18, 2022 4:15 PM

Another installment in the Crime with DeWine corruption saga! Ohio Citizen Action’s Crime with DeWine campaign released the latest video in the series.

The new video stars real Ohioans sending a message to their Governor. Consumers are picking up the phone to call Governor Mike DeWine, urging him to stop taking campaign contributions from electric utilities and clean up the corruption at the PUCO. His silence speaks volumes. 

As the House Bill 6 scandal nears its second anniversary, we wonder what it will take to get the DeWine Administration to stand up for Ohioans and FINALLY change the culture of corruption in Ohio politics.We hope you will take a moment to watch this week’s Crime with DeWine video release.

We hope you will take a moment to call Governor DeWine and leave a message of your own

(614) 644-4357

Even better, send us a video of you doing it (upload here)!

Power A Clean Future Ohio in the New York Times

The New York Times highlighted the work we are doing in Ohio with Power a Clean Future Ohio.  The path forward in Ohio on climate change is local. Our cities and counties are the answer to increase and accelerate their climate actions. 

We won't solve this global issue rooted in environmental & economic justice without putting local solutions first.


Protect Ohio, not AEP, Gov. DeWine

Jun 30, 2022 2:31 PM

Thousands of Ohioans like you have contacted Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted complaining about their lack of leadership following the HB6 scandal and their refusal to reject campaign cash from regulated utilities.

This week’s Crime with DeWine video features young people reading snippets of these letters sent to the Governor and making a call of their own for the DeWine Administration to do their jobs and stand up for Ohioans.

More intentional power outages are on the horizon as temperatures climb this summer, and with the news that AEP gave Governor Mike DeWine $13,000 in campaign contributions, we need the DeWine administration to protect the public, not AEP.

Ohioans, young and old, are counting on it.

We hope you will take a moment to watch this week’s Crime with DeWine video and send Governor DeWine a message today.

University Heights joins Power A Clean Future Ohio

University Heights is officially the 32nd PCFO Community! Their city council passed the resolution on June 21 with unanimous support. 

Change truly happens at the local level! There are huge opportunities for cities to partner with Power a Clean Future Ohio to increase and accelerate their climate actions. While there is still so much to do, in many cities across Ohio this work is already underway thanks to your support.


We are extremely grateful to everyone who contributed to help fund our Crime with DeWine campaign so far. Because of you, we were able to raise more than $16,805 from 511 contributors to bring our message to the Governor's doorstep.