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2016ELC-01

TO:    John E. Becker

You have requested an advisory opinion on a question concerning Ohio campaign finance law. The question posed to the Commission is as follows:

Is it permissible to expend campaign funds to make a contribution to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to be directed towards the costs of manufacturing, erecting, and maintaining the markers for a specific memorial highway?

SYLLABUS: The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is an agency of State government in Ohio and qualifies as a charitable organization pursuant to Ohio Revised Code §3517.08(G), as determined by the Ohio Elections Commission, pursuant to the authority granted to it, to receive contributions from any ballot issue committee, a campaign committee, Political Action Committee, or any other organization which is subject to Ohio's campaign finance reporting laws.