COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's state treasurer has received permission to conduct telephone town halls with public money.
Republican Josh Mandel (man-DEHL') requested an opinion on the citizen teleconferences in December from Attorney General Mike DeWine, as his re-election in November nears.
An opinion DeWine issued Wednesday cleared Mandel to use taxpayer dollars to contract with a private firm specializing in organizing and conducting such calls as long as their content sticks to state treasurer's office business and not politics.
The opinion says Mandel is free to target his audience for such conference calls as long as people not invited to participate are given the chance to be part of the call.
Mandel's office says he has no immediate plans to hold a town hall and is simply exploring communications options.