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TOPICAL INDEX

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A. AFFILIATED POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES

1. The Ohio Home Builders Association and Its Local Organizations are Affiliated Pursuant to R. C. §3517.102 96ELC-05 (pdf 102k)

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B. BOARD OF ELECTIONS

1. Board Action upon Death of Candidate\Treasurer 97ELC-04 (pdf 66k)

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C. CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE CONTRIBUTIONS

1. Certain Loans Made in the Ordinary Course of Business are not Contributions in Conflict with R.C. §3599.03 98ELC-03 (pdf 91k)

2. Charitable Contributions

a. An agency of state government qualifies as a Charitable Organization under R.C. §3517.08(G)  2016ELC-01 (pdf 656k)

b. Charitable Campaign Contribution to a 501(c) Organization for which the Candidate is a member of the Board of Directors 2013ELC-02 (pdf 110k)

c. County ADAMH Board is a Charitable Organization under R.C. §3517.08(G) 2004ELC-02 (pdf 58k)

d. A School District qualifies as a Charitable Organization under R.C. §3517.08(G)  2016ELC-02 (pdf 585k)

3. Effect of the Filing of a "Personal Funds" Notice on Campaign Contribution Limits 2001ELC-02 (168k)

4. If Not Timely Repaid by the Campaign Committee, Payment for Facility Rental by a Host is a Contribution 96ELC-07 (pdf 148k)

5. A Loan is a Contribution 96ELC-07 (pdf 148k)

6. Refund of a Contribution 96ELC-07 (pdf 148k)

7. Returning Contributions to Individual Contributors is not Permissible in the Process of Terminating a Campaign Committee Except as permitted in R.C. §§3517.102, 3517.109 and 3517.992 99ELC-03 (pdf 80k)

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D. CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE EXPENDITURES

1. Automobile 87ELC-03

2. Bonus Travel Miles are Property of the Campaign Committee and Cannot be Used for Personal Travel 98ELC-04 (pdf 43k)

3. Campaign Funds for an Appeal 97ELC-02 (pdf 104k)

4. Campaign Funds for an Election Protest 2003ELC-01 (pdf 49k)

5. Candidate Retirement Party at End of Term 2004ELC-03 (pdf 50k)

6. Car Telephone 87ELC-06 (pdf 92k)

7. Chamber of Commerce Dues 92ELC-03 (pdf 64k)

8. Christmas Cards\Parties 87ELC-13 (pdf 108k)

9. Charitable Contributions

a. An agency of state government qualifies as a Charitable Organization under R.C. §3517.08(G)  2016ELC-01 (pdf 656k)

b. Charitable Campaign Contribution to a 501(c) Organization for which the Candidate is a member of the Board of Directors 2013ELC-02 (pdf 110k)

c. County ADAMH Board is a Charitable Organization under R.C. §3517.08(G) 2004ELC-02 (pdf 58k)

d. A School District qualifies as a Charitable Organization under R.C. §3517.08(G)  2016ELC-02 (pdf 585k)

10. Ethics Commission Filing Fee 97ELC-03 (pdf 75k)

11. Fines - Ohio Elections Commission 87ELC-10 (pdf 58k)

12. Flowers 87ELC-13 (pdf 108k)

13. Furniture 89ELC-03 (pdf 49k)

14. Gifts - Officeholder's Employees 87ELC-13 (pdf 108k)

15. Inauguration Expenses 87ELC-13 (pdf 108k)

16. Legal Fees

a. Access to Ballot 88ELC-01 (pdf 54k)

b. A Contribution to Another Individual's Criminal Legal Expense is not a Proper Expenditure of Campaign Funds 99ELC-08 (pdf 149k)

c. Criminal Charges 96ELC-08 (pdf 152k)

d. Limitations on the use of campaign funds for certain legal fees 2006ELC-01 (pdf 77k)

e. Joint Legislative Ethics Committee Proceedings 96ELC-06 (pdf 156k)

f. Misconduct in Office 87ELC-09 (pdf 68k)

g. Ohio Elections Commission Proceedings
     i. 87ELC-15 (pdf 96k)
    ii. 90ELC-03 (Certain Portions Invalidated by SB 8) (pdf 88k)
   iii. 90ELC-04 (pdf 99k)

h. Use of Campaign Funds for a Legal Settlement in Litigation 2000ELC-05
17. National Political Party Convention Expenses 96ELC-09 (pdf 116k)

18. Novelty Items Purchased by Officeholder 89ELC-04 (pdf 91k)

19. Patron Advertisements Purchased by Officeholder 89ELC-04 (pdf 91k)

20. Polls and Surveys which are not for a Specific Candidate may be Paid for the Party's Operating Account 98ELC-06 (pdf 88k)

21. Returning Contributions to Individual Contributors is not Permissible in the Process of Terminating a Campaign Committee Except as permitted in R.C. §§3517.102, 3517.109 and 3517.992 99ELC-03 (pdf 79k)

22. Secretarial Services 87ELC-04 (pdf 98k)

23. Travel Expenses
a. Fact Finding Trip 87ELC-14 (pdf 59k)

b. Exchange Program 91ELC-01 (pdf 65k)
24. Use of Campaign Funds for an Issue of Public Interest 2001ELC-03 (pdf 189k)

25. Video Camera 87-12 (Pdf 132k)
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E. CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE DEBTS

1. A Forgiven Debt of a Campaign Committee Cannot be Brought Forward to a Subsequently Created Campaign Committee 2001ELC-01 (pdf 305k)

2. Limitation on a Corporation's Ability to "write off" a Candidate Campaign Committee Debt 2004ELC-01 (pdf 50k)

3. Prohibition to a candidate making an interest bearing loan to the candidate’s campaign committee 2002ELC-03 (pdf 76k)
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F. CANDIDATES

1. Campaign Funds for an Election Protest 2003ELC-01 (pdf 49k)

2. Candidate Retirement Party at End of Term 2004ELC-03 (pdf 50k)

3. Certain Loans made in the Ordinary Course of Business are not Contributions in Conflict with R.C. §3599.03 98ELC-03 (pdf 79k)

4. Charitable Contributions

a. An agency of state government qualifies as a Charitable Organization under R.C. §3517.08(G)  2016ELC-01 (pdf 656k)

b. Charitable Campaign Contribution to a 501(c) Organization for which the Candidate is a member of the Board of Directors 2013ELC-02 (pdf 110k)

c. County ADAMH Board is a Charitable Organization under R.C. §3517.08(G) 2004ELC-02 (pdf 58k)

d. A School District qualifies as a Charitable Organization under R.C. §3517.08(G)  2016ELC-02 (pdf 585k)

5. Charitable Contributions from Personal Funds

     a. 90-01 (pdf 97k)

     b. 90-02 (pdf 60k)

6. Contributions from Major National Political Parties 96ELC-04 (pdf 111k)

7. Effect of the Filing of a "Personal Funds" Notice on Campaign Contribution Limits 2001ELC-02 (pdf 168k)

8. Establishment of Campaign Committee Prior to Declaring for Specific Office 89-05 (pdf 133k)

9. A Forgiven Debt of a Campaign Committee Cannot be Brought Forward to a Subsequently Created Campaign Committee 2001ELC-01 (pdf 224k)

10. Limitation on a Corporation's Ability to "write off" a Candidate Campaign Committee Debt 2004ELC-01 (pdf 50k)

11. Limitation on the use of Party Identification by an Independent Candidate in a Partisan Election 2005ELC-01 (pdf 54k)

12. More Than One Campaign Committee (Invalidated by SB 8) 87ELC-07 (pdf 90k)

13. National Political Party Convention Expenses 96ELC-09 (pdf 116k)

14. Polls and Surveys which are not for a Specific Candidate may be Paid for the Party's Operating Account 98ELC-06 (pdf 88k)

15. Prohibition on the use of the term “re-elect” when it is used in concert with a specific General Assembly district number 2002ELC-02 (pdf 78k)

16. Proper use of the Term "Re-elect" in Campaign Material 99ELC-05 (pdf 202k)

17. Returning Contributions to Individual Contributors is not Permissible in the Process of Terminating a Campaign Committee; Except as permitted in R.C. §§3517.102, 3517.109 and 3517.992 99ELC-03 (pdf 79k)

18. School Board Member is "Employee" under §3599.031 97ELC-01 (pdf 79k)

19. Transfer of Funds from Previous Campaign Committee (Invalidated by SB 8) 89-05 (pdf 133k)

20. Use of a Corporate Logo Violation of R.C. §3599.03 97ELC-05 (pdf 63k)

21. Use of the term “re-elect” by General Assembly candidates 2002ELC-01 (pdf 67k)

22. Use of Term "The Flag Lady" in Campaign Materials 99ELC-01 (pdf 68k)

23. Use of the Term “Independent Republican” in Campaign Materials is Impermissible 2000ELC-03 (pdf 265k)

24. Use of the Term “re-elect” by federal candidates 2012ELC-01 (pdf 103k)

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G. CONTRACT BAR UNDER R.C. §3517.13(I) & (J)

1. Agreement between the State of Ohio and the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority 99ELC-07 (pdf 241k)

2. Applies to Any Activity Which Fits Within R. C. §3517.05(B) 96ELC-07 (pdf 148k)

3. Award Defined
     a. 86ELC-03 (pdf 89k)
     b. 87ELC-05 (pdf 155k)

4. Board, Commission and Other Bodies Defined
     a. 86-01 (pdf 212k)
     b. 87ELC-05 (pdf 154k)
     c. 87ELC-11 (pdf 105k)
     d. 95ELC-03 (pdf 138k)

5. Calendar Year Defined 87ELC-05 (pdf 154k)

6. Contributions Prior to September 17, 1986 86ELC-05 (pdf 43k)

7. Contributions to Federal Campaign Committee 87ELC-08 (pdf 91k)

8. Contributions to Federal Political Action Committee 88ELC-02 (pdf 129k)

9. Federal Elections Campaign Act of 1971 - Preemption 87ELC-08 (pdf 91k)

10. Provider Agreements
a. Handicapped Children 87ELC-02 (pdf 159k)

b. Medicaid 86ELC-03 (pdf 89k)

c. Women, Infants & Children 87ELC-02 (pdf 159k)

11. Return of Contribution 86ELC-04 (pdf 43k)

12. Sole Source 86ELC-02 (pdf 212k)

13. Subcontractor Previously Rejected as a Contractor 92ELC-04 (pdf 54k)

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H. CONTRIBUTIONS

1. Donation by a Foreign National to a 501(c), not a PAC 2013ELC-01 (pdf 103k)
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I. CONTRIBUTION LIMITS UNDER R.C. §3517.102

1. A federal political committee must register with the office of the Secretary of State and as such cannot act as a conduit for contributions to candidates for which it has expressed its support, except as it makes contributions in its own name, and it is then subject to Ohio's contribution limits. 2006ELC-02 (pdf 57k)

2. Campaign contribution limits otherwise applicable to PACs are not applicable to affiliated PACs that are properly established under Ohio's campaign finance laws pursuant to R.C. §3517.08 et seq. 2006ELC-03 (pdf 57k)

3. Contributions Prior to 3\19\96 Not Included in 1996 Limits 96ELC-02 (pdf 74k)

4. Contribution Limits Under §3517.102 not Applicable to a Decedent's Estate (Invalidated by SB 116) 96ELC-14 (pdf 87k)

5. Effect of the Filing of a "Personal Funds" Notice on Campaign Contribution Limits 2001ELC-02 (pdf 168k)

6. Returning Contributions to Individual Contributors is not Permissible in the Process of Terminating a Campaign Committee Except as Permitted in R.C. §§3517.102, 3517.109 and 3517.992 99ELC-03 (pdf 79k)

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J. CORPORATE POLITICAL ACTIVITIES

1. R. C. §3599.03 Applies to Corporations as Defined in R. C. §1701.01 et. seq. & 1702.01 et. seq. 96ELC-03 (pdf 145)

2. R. C. §3599.03 Does Not Apply to Limited Liability Companies as Defined in R. C. §1705.01 et. seq. or Professional Associations as Defined in §1785.01 et. seq. 96ELC-03 (pdf 145)

3. A corporation may host a website for candidates at a nominal fee to the candidate campaign committees so long as the website is available to all candidates regardless of party affiliation or status 2002ELC-04 (pdf 76k)

4. Allowable Disbursement of Funds Through Trustee pursuant to R.C. §3599.031 2000ELC-01 (pdf 305)

5. Certain Loans made in the Ordinary Course of Business are not Contributions in Conflict with R.C. §3599.03 98ELC-03 (pdf 90k)

6. Federal PACs May Incorporate Under 11 C.F.R.114.12(a) 96ELC-12 (pdf 70k)

7. Limitation on a Corporation's Ability to "write off" a Candidate Campaign Committee Debt 2004ELC-01 (pdf 50k)

8. Limited Liability Companies and Professional Associations are Either Partnerships or Unincorporated Businesses under R. C. §3517.10(I) 96ELC-03 (pdf 145)

9. Matching an Employee\Contributor's Charity Donation with a PAC Contribution is Impermissible 98ELC-05 (pdf 68k)

10. Payments to Political Party for Voluntary Services of Members 98ELC-02 (pdf 90k)

11. Use of a Corporate Logo Violation of R.C. §3599.03 97ELC-05 (pdf 63k)

12. Use of an Ohio Corporation's Treasury Funds to Make Contributions to a Nonfederal Candidate in Another State in which such Contributions are Legally Permissible 99ELC-02 (pdf 58k)

13. Application of Citizens United under Ohio's Statutory Scheme 2010ELC-02 (pdf 429k)

K. DISCLAIMERS

1. Appropriate Disclaimer Language from Changes in HB 487 2012ELC-04 (pdf 448k)

2. Telemarketing 96ELC-11 (pdf 56k)

3. Use of Post Office Box 91-03 (pdf 113k)

4. World Wide Web Page 96ELC-10 (pdf 100k)

L. JURISDICTION OF THE OHIO ELECTIONS COMMISSION

1. All Complaints Pursuant to R. C. §3599.03 & §3599.031 Shall be Made with the Commission Before a Prosecution Shall Commence 96ELC-03 (pdf 145k)
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M. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES

1. Affiliated Political Action Committees 96ELC-05 (pdf 102k)

2. A Corporation may not Match an Employee\Contributor's Charity Donation with a PAC Contribution 98ELC-05 (pdf 202k)

3. County ADAMH Board is a Charitable Organization under R.C. §3517.08(G) 2004ELC-02 (pdf 58k)

4. Establishment of a Separate Collecting Agent 96ELC-13 (pdf 88k)

5. Expenditures - Legal Fees of Candidates 87ELC-15

6. Expenditures - Two Permissible Categories 94ELC-02 (pdf 132k)

7. Explanation of Disbursement of Funds Through Trustee Pursuant to R.C. §3599.031 2000ELC-01 (pdf 305k)

8. Federal PACs May Incorporate Under 11 C.F.R.114.12(a) 96ELC-12 (pdf 70k)

9. Limitations on Contributions from Major Political Parties 96ELC-04 (pdf 111k)

10. Terminating a Political Action Committee which Carries an Outstanding Balance is Permissible as long as the Vendor Owed has not Timely Commenced a Breach of Contract Action within Four (4) Years 99ELC-04 (pdf 102k)

11. A federal political committee must register with the office of the Secretary of State and as such cannot act as a conduit for contributions to candidates for which it has expressed its support, except as it makes contributions in its own name, and it is then subject to Ohio's contribution limits. 2006ELC-02 (pdf 57k)

12. Campaign contribution limits otherwise applicable to PACs are not applicable to affiliated PACs that are properly established under Ohio's campaign finance laws pursuant to R.C. §3517.08 et seq. 2006ELC-03 (pdf 57k)

13. PAC funds to pay for a registered lobbyist 2012ELC-03 (pdf 804k)

14. PAC funds to pay for a registered lobbyist 2016ELC-04 (pdf 857k)

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N. POLITICAL CONTRIBUTING ENTITIES

1. A Political Contributing Entity of a Union May Receive Funds from the Union's General Operating Account Regardless of the State of Residence of the Union Members 2000ELC-02 (pdf 168k)

2. Suitable Software Purchase by a Political Contributing Entity 2016ELC-03 (pdf 527k)
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O. POLITICAL PARTIES

1. Certain Loans made in the Ordinary Course of Business are not Contributions in Conflict with R.C. §3599.03 98ELC-03 (pdf 159k)

2. County ADAMH Board is a Charitable Organization under R.C. §3517.08(G) 2004ELC-02 (pdf 58k)

3. Expenditures - Legal Fees of Candidate 87ELC-15 (pdf 96k)

4. Filing Requirements - Single Entity 87ELC-01 (pdf 124k)

5. Itemizing Headquarters Expenses in a Required Campaign Finance Report 2001ELC-04 (pdf 129k)

6. Limitations on Non-Federal Contributions to PACs 96ELC-04 (pdf 224k)

7. National Political Party Convention Expenses 96ELC-09 (pdf 116k)

8. Ohio Political Party Fund

  a. Candidate Slate Cards 87ELC-15 (pdf 96k)

  b. Computerized Voter Registration File 95ELC-02 (pdf 107k)

  c. Dinner Honoring Significant Contributors 87ELC-01 (pdf 124k)

  d. Fair Booth Space (Invalidated by SB 8) 89ELC-02 (pdf 71k)

  e. List of Registered Voters (Invalidated by SB 8) 88ELC-04 (pdf 84k)

  f. Party Fundraising

     i. 89ELC-02 (pdf 71k)

    ii. 89ELC-06 (pdf 104k)

  g. Party Headquarters

     i. 88ELC-03 (pdf 110k)

    ii. 89ELC-01 (pdf 48k)

   iii. 94ELC-01 (pdf 91k)

  h. Printout of Data 92ELC-02 (97k)

  i. Publication & Distribution of Yearbook 92ELC-01 (pdf 65k)

  j. Rally 88ELC-04

  k. Restriction on monies used to pay costs associated with a recognition program for poll workers that included a luncheon 2006ELC-04 (pdf 53k)

  l. Transfer to State Party 89ELC-06
(pdf 104k)

  m. Voter Registration

     i. 88ELC-04 (pdf 84k)

    ii. 89ELC-02 (pdf 71k)

  n. Publishing a Newsletter 95ELC-01 (pdf 130k)

  o. Website Expenditure 2012ELC-02 (pdf 110k)


9. Payment of a Judgment Against a Political Party 98ELC-01(pdf 79k)

10. Payments to a Political Party for Voluntary Services of Members 98ELC-02 (pdf 90k)

11. Permissible "Maintenance and Repair" Under R.C. §3517.101 2000ELC-04 (pdf 224k)

12. Polls and Surveys which are not for a Specific Candidate may be Paid for the Party's Operating Account 98ELC-06 (pdf 209k)

13. Use of a Political Party's "Building Fund" to Defray the Cost of a Fund Raiser for the Benefit of the Building Fund is Improper 99ELC-06 (pdf 187k)

14. Use of a Political Party's "Building Fund" under R.C. §3517.101 for a Lease Coupled with an Option to Purchase is Impermissible 99ELC-06 (pdf 187k)

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P. POLITICAL STATEMENTS

1. Prohibition on the use of the term “re-elect” when it is used in concert with a specific General Assembly district number 2002ELC-02 (pdf 78k)

2. Proper use of the Term "Re-elect" in Campaign Material 99ELC-05 (pdf 202k)

3. Use of a Corporate Logo Violation of R.C. §3599.03 97ELC-05 (pdf 63k)

4. Use of the term “re-elect” by General Assembly candidates 2002ELC-01 (pdf 67k)

5. Use of Term "The Flag Lady" in Campaign Materials 99ELC-01 (pdf 68k)

6. Use the Term “Independent Republican” in Campaign Materials is Impermissible 2000ELC-03 (pdf 265k)

7. Use of the Term “re-elect” by federal candidates 2012ELC-01 (pdf 103k)

Q. PUBLIC EMPLOYEE SOLICITATION

1. Elected Officer Prohibited from Soliciting Employees 96ELC-01 (pdf 66k)
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