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TO:    John Bender, Esq.
           Chief Elections Counsel
           Secretary of State
           State of Ohio

You have requested an advisory opinion on the following question:

R.C. 3517.102, which establishes contribution limits for individuals and other entities, is effective March 19, 1996. This section establishes contribution limits that are calculated on a “calendar year" basis. Are contributions made between January 1, 1996 and March 19, 1996, (the effective date of the section), subject to inclusion in the "calendar year" limitation?

SYLLABUS:    Contributions made prior to March 19, 1996 are not included in calendar year 1996 limits imposed by 3517.102 of the Revised Code.