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2003ELC-01

TO:     Richard A. Spencer, Esq. 
 
You have requested an advisory opinion on the following issue:

Can a campaign committee use campaign funds to pay for costs incurred (court costs, attorney fees, transcripts, etc.) in the prosecution of an election protest against candidates that are potential opponents of the candidate making the expenditure?

SYLLABUS: A candidate may use campaign funds to pay for costs incurred (court costs, attorney fees, transcripts, etc.) in the prosecution of an election protest against a candidate, or candidates, that may be potential opponents of the candidate making the expenditure.