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ELC87-15

TO: The Honorable Jan Michael Long, 17th District, Ohio Senate
 
You have requested an opinion on the following questions:

1.   May a candidate or officeholder use campaign funds to pay for legal fees incurred in defending himself or herself against charges brought before the Ohio Elections Commission?
2.  May a political action committee or political party pay for the legal fees that a candidate or officeholder incurred in defending against charges brought before the Ohio Elections Commission?

SYLLABUS:

1.    A candidate may use campaign funds to pay for legal fees incurred in defending himself or herself against charges brought before the Ohio Elections Commission.
2 .  A political action committee or political party may pay for the legal fees of a candidate incurred in defending against charges brought before the Ohio Elections Commission.