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ELC87-1

TO: James M. Ruvolo, Chairman, Ohio Democratic Party:

    You have requested an opinion on the following question:

If a political party committee receives contributions from individuals and makes expenditures to another committee of the party and only the second committee makes expenditures to candidates, what finance reports are each committee required to file?

Syllabus:

     1. A political party is required by R.C. 3517.10 to file reports under that section as a single reporting entity. All contributions received and expenditures by the party in its own name or the name of a fundraising committee or organization of the party during a reporting period must be Included In the report.

     2. A political party that receives a contribution or makes an expenditure in connection with an election during the pre-election reporting period is required to file the report prescribed by R.C. 3517.10(A)(1).  A political party that   receives a contribution or makes an expenditure in connection with an election during the post-election reporting period I s required to f ne the report prescribed by R.C. 3517.10(A)(2).