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96ELC-06

TO:    Charles R. Saxbe
          Chester, Willcox & Saxbe
          Attorneys for the Honorable Doug White, Member, Ohio House of Representatives

You have requested an advisory opinion on the following question:

May a beneficiary of a campaign fund who is a member of the Ohio General Assembly make expenditures from (his) said campaign fund in order to pay legal expenses arising out of a proceeding by the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee in connection with the beneficiary's duties as a legislator?

SYLLABUS: Legal Expenses incurred by a member of the Ohio General Assembly in proceedings before the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee are allowable campaign fund expenses.