Candidates who file with local election officials frequently seek an office that files with OCPF.
A candidate who files locally, for offices such as school committee, any town office, and city council in cities with fewer than 65,000 residents, will transition to OCPF to run for an office that files with the state.
Organize with OCPF online, here.
File a “change of purpose” form with OCPF, and a copy with the local election official.
- Submit a copy of the last campaign finance report filed locally (the M102 form) to OCPF.
Appoint a depository bank to file reports on behalf of the candidate. The D103 form is used to appoint a bank. Click here for a list of banks that participate in the depository system.
Work with an OCPF audit team member to file a “transition in” report. This report will disclose all activity between the last report filed locally, and the date the depository bank account was opened. Tutorial.
- OCPF will be your primary filing location. You may also need to file paper copies of your reports locally, usually in January. Please contact OCPF to see if this applies to you.
Note 1: The account balance and any outstanding liabilities from any previous campaign will transition to the campaign for the new office sought.
Note 2: We highly recommend communicating with an OCPF auditor throughout this process.
Note 3: Out-of-pocket expenditures made by the candidate, using personal funds, are not permissible in the depository system. Candidates must deposit their personal funds into the committee account, and make expenditures using the committee debit cards and checks.