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ELC90-4

TO: Rocco J . Colonna, 7th House District State Representative

You have requested an opinion on the following question:

May campaign funds be used to pay for legal expenses incurred in filing a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission?

SYLLABUS:

l. A candidate who files a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission regarding a matter related to his campaign, may use his or her campaign funds to pay legitimate legal expenses incurred in filing the complaint.
2. Funds received and payments made for legal expenses incurred I n bringing a complaint before the Ohio Elections Commission are reportable as contributions and expenditures to the extent required by Ohio Revised Code section 3517. 10.