Common Cause Ohio

Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets

A study released today by Common Cause Ohio finds that companies engaged in fracking made $1.8 million in campaign contributions to Ohio’s elected officials, political candidates, and political parties between July 2011 and June 2013.



ALEC Exposed in Ohio

Over the past year Common Cause Ohio has exposed some of the most powerful corporate interests shaping our elections and public policy—from the millions spent by the natural gas industry to convince our state legislators to ignore the dangers of fracking, to the shadowy interests who paid for threatening billboards in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati aimed at keeping voters from the polls.
But what the public really needs to know is that on many of the most important issues in Ohio—from fracking, to Voter ID, to corporate responsibility and tort reform —one of the most powerful voices has been the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.
ALEC is a lobbying effort by some of the nation's largest and richest companies, including Koch Industries, ExxonMobil, who have joined forces to invest millions of dollars each year to promote the careers of thousands of state legislators and secure passage of legislation that puts corporate interests ahead of the interests of ordinary Americans. More than half of the members of the Ohio General Assembly are members of ALEC.
Our 2013 ALEC Exposed Campaign will kick off with a Columbus screening of Bill Moyers’ ”The Unites States of ALEC documentary. Sign up now to be a part of this event, which will feature Common Cause President Bob Edgar.


Every ten years we redraw district lines

One of the great ironies of Ohio’s role as a “swing state” is that, while statewide elections may be highly competitive, widespread gerrymandering, or redrawing legislative boundaries for political purposes, has made our Congressional and local elections highly uncompetitive. This year, just three of Ohio’s sixteen Congressional races were decided by a margin of 10% or less.

In response to this year’s highly partisan and highly controversial redistricting process—which received widespread criticism from citizens and editorial boards of major newspapers across Ohio for destroying competition, dividing communities, and giving one political party an unfair advantage over another—we helped create, an interactive map that lets people see the damage done by gerrymandering to their own communities.

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Voter Protection
Defending the right from which all others derive

During 2012, Common Cause Ohio and Common Cause chapters across the country teamed up with the National Election Protection Coalition to address election administration before Election Day, and run a national Election Protection Hotline for voters to call with any problems they encounter. More than 300 volunteers helped Ohio voters on Election Day at polling locations all over Ohio. For more information about the Election Protection Hotline, including records of every reported voting problem in Ohio, visit

In 2013, Common Cause Ohio will be fighting barriers to voting and promoting improvements in election administration.

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830 Main Street, Suite 900
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 381-4994
Twitter - @commoncauseohio

Catherine Turcer
Director of Voter Protection, Ohio
cturcer AT commoncause DOT org

Sam Gresham
State Chair, Ohio
ohio AT commoncause DOT org

About Us
Making a Difference in Ohio

Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest. Now with nearly 400,000 members and supporters and 36 state organizations, Common Cause remains committed to honest, open and accountable government, as well as encouraging citizen participation in democracy.

Common Cause Ohio is working to hold power accountable at the state and local levels. Common Cause Ohio is active on a number of issue campaigns including election and redistricting reform, media reform and campaign finance reform. To learn more and get involved, please sign up for CauseNet, our email action alert network.

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