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96ELC-12

TO:    David J. Young
          Special Counsel
          Ohio Council of Retail Merchants

You have requested an advisory opinion on the following question:

Are the newly enacted changes to R.C. 9599.03(A) intended to prohibit nonprofit corporate federal PACs formed for liability purposes only from contributing to candidates in Ohio elections?

SYLLABUS:    Ohio Revised Code 3599.03, as amended by Amended Substitute Senate Bill 8 of the 121st General Assembly, does not prohibit a political action committee formed pursuant to federal election law, which is incorporated for liability purposes only in accordance with 11 C.F.R. 114.12(a), from  making contributions to state and local campaigns in Ohio.