The following text is taken from the Sec of State “Campaign Finance Handbook”, Chapter #2
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From the Sec of States:
What to Do First
Before receiving any contribution or making any expenditure, a potential candidate must file a Designation of Treasurer (Form 30-D).
This is considered a “registration” form and includes basic information such as the candidate’s name and address, the campaign committee’s name, the office sought and the name of the treasurer and any deputy treasurers. The candidate must either designate himself or another person as the campaign committee treasurer.
The candidate must, and the treasurer should, sign the Designation of Treasurer form . Candidates are responsible to update/amend this information as necessary (e.g., change in treasurer or change of committee name or change of address). [R.C. 3517.081, 3517.10(D)]
Candidates who only spend their own personal funds still must file a Designation of Treasurer form prior to making out-of-pocket expenditures related in any way to their campaign. However, the use of personal funds to pay the filing fee to run for office does not require the filing of a Designation of Treasurer form. Please see the Filing Fee Only Candidate section in this chapter for more information. [OAC 111-5-01]
A campaign committee must establish a bank account that is separate from a personal or business account of the candidate, or of a member of the candidate’s campaign committee. All monetary campaign contributions received must be deposited into this account. All contributions received and deposited, and all expenses paid from this account must be disclosed. [R.C. 3517.10]
Campaign contributions may not be placed in a candidate’s personal or business account.
A federal identification number may be required by the committee’s chosen financial institution. This number is issued by the Internal Revenue Service upon request