According to his lobbying reports, O’Donnell represents a who’s who of left wing, alternative energy organizations. These include Advanced Energy Economy, Apex Clean Energy, Carbon Solutions Group, EDP Renewables, Green Tech Action Fund, Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation, and Open Road Renewables. According to its website, the Green Tech Action Fund is affiliated with the Energy Foundation.
Tyler Duvelius is the current Executive Director of the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum. He previously served as the State Director of the Ohio Christian Coalition. According to the 2016 IRS 990 form for the Green Tech Action Fund, $79,000 was granted to the Christian Coalition of America to conduct a clean energy digital ad campaign and support the Ohio state director.
According to that same tax return, a grant of $60,000 was given to the Advance Energy Forum to support a digital advertising campaign in Ohio. Another $20,000 was given to the Wind Energy Foundation for that same purpose.
Bill Byers and Greg Bennett have lobbied for the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum since 2015. According to their lobbying reports, the address for the group is the same address as The Energy Foundation and its affiliated Green Tech Action Fund in San Francisco.
Michael Hartley has been identified as both the founder and a consultant for the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum. Hartley is a former John Kasich staffer and the current President of Swing State Strategies, a GOP public affairs consulting firm.
As I have previously written, the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum is actually an effort by left wing, California based liberal organizations to coopt and corrupt Ohio Republicans. There is nothing conservative or Ohio about this group.