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2000ELC-05

TO:    Konrad Kircher, Esq.

You have requested an advisory opinion on the following issue:

Can a political campaign fund for a candidate for County Prosecutor be used to pay for the settlement of litigation against the candidate, when the allegations of the underlying litigation are based upon political actions taken by the candidate?

SYLLABUS: The use of campaign committee funds from a political campaign fund for a candidate for County Prosecutor may  be used to pay for the settlement of litigation against the candidate, when the allegations of the underlying litigation meet the statutory requirements of Ohio Revised Code §3517.13(O)(2).