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99ELC-06

TO:   Dee Talmage, Chair 
         Lucas County Republican Party

You have requested an advisory opinion on the following issue:

1.    Can a political party use moneys from a "building fund" established pursuant to R.C. S3517.101 to enter into an agreement for a lease coupled with an option to purchase a building\office facility?

2.    If the political party enters into the lease agreement coupled with an option to purchase, can it later allow the lease to terminate without exercising the option to purchase without refunding any payments to the building fund?

3.    Can a political party use monies from the building fund to defray the costs of raising monies for the sole benefit of the building fund?

SYLLABUS: A political party may not use moneys from a "building fund" established pursuant to R.C. 3517.101 to enter into an agreement for a lease coupled with an option to purchase a building\office facility. Further, a political party may not use monies from the building fund to defray the costs of raising monies for the sole benefit of the building fund.