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98ELC-05

TO:    Loran D. Maloney
           Associate General Counsel
           Anheuser-Busch Companies

You are requesting an advisory opinion on the following question:

May a corporation encourage contributions to its Ohio Political Action Committee (PAC) by matching all or a portion of a contributor's gift to the PAC with a donation to a charity of the contributor's choice?

SYLLABUS:  A corporation may not encourage contributions to its Ohio Political Action Committee (PAC) by matching all or a portion of a contributor’s gift to the PAC with a donation to a charity of the contributor’s choice.