In his famous novel, Catch-22, Joseph Heller posits that “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.” Indeed.
Attached please find samples of BigWind smear mailings. The first mailer was launched against Seneca County incumbent Commissioner Mike Kerschner who is running for re-election. Kerschner supports the repeal of the Seneca County Alternative Energy Zone designation giving PILOT to local projects; opposes Senator Dolan’s Sub HB 114; and supports local control for siting industrial wind. The second mailing was sent to voters in Rep. Seitz district. As you know, Rep. Seitz is a staunch supporter of individual property rights.
There are three things these mailers have in common – and keep in mind maybe it is just a funny coincidence – or maybe we are just “paranoid”. It is Halloween, after all.
- The mailers attempt to defeat people who advocate for protective siting of industrial wind and who oppose wind subsidies including tax breaks, uncompensated easements across private property and renewable energy mandates.
- They are all sent from the same address at 35 East Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 Suite 403. This is the location of Innovation Ohio, the Economic Prosperity Project and Battleground Research, Inc. and some of the staff of former Governor Strickland who brought Ohio its renewable energy mandates.
- Apex is fighting to permit the Ford Ridge Wind Farm in Illinois; they are fighting to maintain the Seneca AEZ and to build Republic Wind in Seneca County as well as other Ohio projects such as Emerson Creek and Emerson West.
(We note that Van Wert County Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger was an opponent of the Apex Long Prairie project and he was also targeted for defeat but won an overwhelming victory in the primary this spring. A check on the Long Prairie website reveals it has been removed and it is believed that lease agreements are being terminated. A cancellation was recorded with Van Wert County yesterday.)….
To: Members of the General Assembly
You or your constituents may have recently received the enclosed mailer from the “Economic Prosperity Project” urging that “Republican legislators need to STAND UP to Bill Seitz” because “He is using his influence to prevent $4.2 billion from being invested in Ohio wind energy.”
I thought you would like to know that the mailing address associated with this flyer is registered to Innovation Ohio, a liberal think tank run by former Speaker Budish’s Democrat chief of staff, Keary McCarthy, and former top Strickland administration policy chief Jeannetta King. The “Economic Prosperity Project” is a new corporation registered to a former Strickland administration operative, too.
It is of course up to you whether to join the “#StandUpToSeitz” movement. Should you do so, you would be “standing up” for Ted Strickland, Armond Budish, and all their liberal pals. The choice is yours. Real Republicans will be watching which choice you make.
Contrary to the mailer, please know that I am simply resolved not to let Big Wind and their allies ruin rural Ohio with their unsafe and unsightly, expensive and intermittent wind turbines just to line the pockets of a few farmers willing to sell their neighbors down the river by advocating for wind turbine setbacks that are measured from one’s home, instead of from one’s property line. Anyone who has ever lived in a home knows that we like to use the yard we have for gardening, picnicking, shooting hoops, swimming, fishing, and a host of other activities that involve core private property rights. Big Wind, ever desperate to put more turbines in smaller spaces in densely populated Ohio, and biting its nails as the massive federal subsidies for wind production are being reduced by 20% per year, is bound and determined to get its way. It has decided to let Democrat front groups appeal to Republican households in a deceptive attempt to secure yet another government sanctioned advantage. Don’t be fooled….
William J. Seitz
Majority Floor Leader
Ohio House of Representatives