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ELC87-10

TO: Jon D. Richardson, Counsel to Arlene Singer

You have requested an opinion on the following question:

May a candidate or public officeholder use campaign funds to pay a fine imposed by the Ohio Elections Commission for a violation of Ohio Revised Code section 3599.091?

Syllabus : A candidate may not use campaign funds to pay a fine imposed directly upon the candidate by the Ohio Elections Commission for a violation of Revised Code section 3599.091, which prohibits certain campaign practices.