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ELC91-1

TO:     Hugh Dorrian, Columbus City Auditor

You have requested an opinion on the following question :

May holder of public office use campaign funds to pay expenses related to an exchange program when the purpose of that program is to provide assistance and information to the officials of other governmental bodies related to the performance of their official duties?

SYLLABUS : A holder of public office may not use campaign funds to pay administrative and travel expenses relating to participation in an exchange program when the purposes of the that program are not truly related to the performance of their public duties.