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2006ELC-01

To:     Michael K. Allen 
           Former Hamilton County Prosecutor 
 
You have requested an advisory opinion on the following question:

Can a former county prosecutor use funds from his campaign committee to pay legal fees relating to four (4) separate civil lawsuits stemming from events that occurred during his tenure as the county prosecutor?

SYLLABUS: The use of campaign funds pursuant to R.C. §3517.13(O)(2) is denied for any payments for legal fees in connection with all of the lawsuits identified in the advisory opinion request letter as there is no plausible “… connection with [any] duties as the holder of a public office …”