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2016ELC-02

TO:    Thomas B. Morehouse
           Treasurer
           Sebring Local School District

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

Does a School District qualify as a charitable organization pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 53517.08(G), in order to receive a contribution from a campaign committee?

SYLLABUS: Any school district, particularly the Sebring Local School District, 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.