Ohio law strictly prohibits corporations from using their money or property for political purposes. “Political purposes” include activities which aid or oppose a political party, candidate for election or nomination to public office, legislative campaign fund, or organization that supports or opposes any such candidate or partisan political purpose. This prohibition applies to both direct contributions (money) and in-kind contributions (donated materials, employee time, or other corporate resources).
However, there are a number of exceptions to the general ban and there are certain permissible activities that a corporation or trade association may undertake. This memorandum is not meant to be a comprehensive explanation or analysis of this area of law, but we hope that it will provide you and your members with some general guidance on some frequently asked questions. Click here to read more.