JUNE 2023
Campaign Finance News:

  • House and Senate candidates must complete their Q2 deposit reports by July 20. Best Practice: Don't wait. File the reports as deposits are made at the bank.

  • Statewide ballot question committees can organize this year for the 2024 election, to begin raising and spending money to support or oppose initiatives that may be placed on the ballot. Newly organized ballot question committees will appear here. To place a question on the ballot, the first important deadline is this August when initiative petitions are due to the Office of the Attorney General. See: (Massachusetts Elections Division guide).

  • Looking back: Statewide ballot question committees broke records in 2022, reporting $65.8 million in total expenditures. A ballot question committee broke the expenditure record, spending $22.30 for each of its 1.3 million votes. Study.
OCPF Director William C. Campbell recently provided testimony to the General Court's Joint Committee on Election Laws in favor of several changes to the campaign finance statute. The proposed legislation, S. 418, An Act relative to campaign finance reform, includes several measures that will assist candidates and committees in complying with the campaign finance law, remove barriers and ease burdens on those engaged in political campaigns, and provide the transparency that voters demand. To read the written testimony, click here.
Agency Actions and Opinions

The following list is a summary of agency actions issued recently by OCPF. Click the "agency actions" button below to view the full documents.
Elizabeth Miranda, Boston: Did not comply (disclosure); 5/10/2023. Expenditures made outside the depository bank account.
Does sub-vendor reporting apply to me?

It's a filing requirement for all candidates and political committees (even municipal filers), which is triggered if certain thresholds are reached. Check with us if you think you need to file a sub-vendor report: ocpf@mass.gov

There are about 600 mayoral and city council candidates organized with OCPF, disclosing their campaign finance activity each month.

But not everyone who should be organized, is organized.

This summer we will identify new candidates who have not yet registered/organized with us, and work with them to enter our reporting system. This process requires us to coordinate with local election officials (usually city clerks) to determine who will appear on ballots this fall for mayor, and additionally for city council candidates in communities with more than 65,000 residents. Candidate activity appears here: MAYOR / CITY COUNCIL.
OCPF focuses on an educational theme each month. For the month of June, we're posting information about city elections on our social media pages.

Type "cityelections" into the search engine at www.ocpf.us for resources.