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2006ELC-02

To:     ActBlue 
          Jonathan Zucker, Esq. 
          Senior Strategist and Counsel 
 
You have requested an advisory opinion on a series of questions concerning Ohio campaign finance law: 
 
     Is ActBlue required to register with the Secretary of State as a political committee?

SYLLABUS: ActBlue is required to register with the Secretary of State as a federal political committee under R.C. §3517.107, and, as such, is thereby regulated in the manner in which it can conduct activities in Ohio and is subject to all provisions of Ohio’s campaign finance laws for its activities with regard to Ohio candidates. Particularly, as a federal political committee under Ohio law, it is subject to Ohio’s contribution limits as identified in R.C. §3517.102, and 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.