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OHIO TREASURER-TOWN HALLS
Ohio treasurer receives approval to conduct telephone town halls with tax dollars
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, February 20, 2014 4:33 PM EST
Ohio's state treasurer has received permission to conduct telephone town halls with public money.
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.