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TO:    Edward W. Olson, Treasurer
            Richland County Republican Executive Committee

You have requested an advisory opinion as to whether you properly can use Ohio Political Party Fund moneys to sublet office space from a political candidate's campaign committee for your political party's headquarters. You have indicated that your county political party would like to rent an office from a candidate's campaign committee. You stated that your intent is to find affordable office space to meet fluctuating space requirements. You also indicated that you do not intend nor will the effect be to subsidize nor contribute moneys to the elected official's re-election committee.

SYLLABUS: Moneys from the Ohio Political Party Fund may be used to sublet office space from a candidate's campaign committee for the political party's permanent or temporary headquarters so long as the rent paid is not in excess of the market value of the office space.