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OHIO TREASURER-TOWN HALLS
Ohio Democrats, Republicans spar over use of taxpayer-funded town halls
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, February 21, 2014 4:18 PM EST
Ohio's Democratic chairman says he'll discourage his party's 2014 statewide and legislative candidates from conducting publicly funded citizen teleconferences.
DeWine said the meetings are legal as long as they stick to official business or items of general interest and avoid politics.
Legal experts say the opinion also will apply to other statewide candidates.
Redfern said Mandel sought to target his audience as political campaigns do. He said it's wrong to ask taxpayers to fund campaigning.
Republicans criticized Redfern, saying top Ohio Democrats including U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown have hosted many such town halls.