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2016ELC-04

To:    Donald J. McTigue, Esq.
Attorney at Law

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

In the process of terminating a ballot issue committee, is it permissible for the ballot issue committee to return to individual contributors their campaign contributions, on a pro rata basis, from the committee's remaining balance of campaign funds?

SYLLABUS: In the process of terminating a ballot issue committee, it is permissible for the ballot issue committee to return to contributors, on a direct or pro rata basis, their campaign contributions in an effort to exhaust the remaining funds in the ballot issue committee’s account.