TO: Robert L. Price, Chairman of the Greene County Democratic Party
You have requested an opinion on the following questions:
1. May a political party use a computer purchased with funds from the Ohio Political Party fund to produce printouts or a download of databases onto floppy discs for distribution to party members or candidates?
2. May a political party charge a fee to members or candidates for printouts or a download of databases onto floppy discs from this computer?
1. A political party may use a computer properly purchased, programmed and operated with Ohio Political Party funds to produce a printout or a download of data for distribution to party members, candidates or committees as long as this use is incidental to the purchase and use of the computer and the information provided is not uniquely tailored to directly aid a candidate or campaign committee.
2. A political party may charge a fee to members, candidates or committees for a printout or a download of data from a computer properly purchased with money from the Ohio political party fund if the information is not uniquely tailored to directly aid a candidate or campaign committee and if the fees, when received, are deposited and maintained in a separate account established for political party funds and are used only for purposes which are permissible for political party funds.