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96ELC-09

TO    Susan J. Kyte
          Attorney for Officeholders & Attendees at the Republican National Convention

You have requested an opinion on the following question:

Do [certain] expenditures constitute reasonable and necessary, ordinary and verifiable expenditures from a campaign account when the money is spent for the purpose of or while attending a political party's national convention?

SYLLABUS: A candidate may use campaign committee funds to pay those certain expenses related to attending a political party's national convention as outlined in this opinion and incurred by the candidate, the spouse of the candidate and one or more prominent campaign officials, that are campaign related. The expenses payable from the campaign committee funds may include the cost for ground and/or air transportation, meal expenses, room expenses, reasonable entertainment expenses, printing for any candidate campaign literature to be distributed at the convention, reasonable admission fees to convention related events, and telephone expenses when the expense is incurred in furtherance of the interest of the campaign or the candidate. No personal expenses for any of the travelers may be paid from campaign funds.