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TO    John Bender
         Chief Counsel
         Office of Secretary of State, Bob Taft

You have requested an advisory opinion on the following question:

Are electronic messages posted on a World Wide Web page of the Internet or sent via electronic mail supporting or opposing a candidate or issue subject to the disclaimer requirement set forth in R.C. 3517.20? If so, what is the language that must be included in the disclaimer?

SYLLABUS:    Electronic messages posted on a World Wide Web page of the Internet or sent via electronic mail supporting or opposing a candidate or issue, which messages are posted or sent by a candidate, campaign committee, legislative campaign fund, political party, corporation, labor organization. other entity, a political action committee described in R.C. 3517.20(A), a corporation, or a labor organization are subject to the disclaimer requirement set forth in R.C. 3517.20. The language included in the disclaimer should be the same as that outlined in R.C. 3517.20.