The Financial Disclosure Reporting law requirements ensure that voters can determine if their elected officials are receiving large sums from contributors that hope to influence their decisions. Acceptance of a contribution does not necessarily indicate wrongdoing. The law reflects the belief that voters have the right to know who has made campaign contributions.
Campaign Finance Reports for the period September 1, 2013 through October 31, 2013
Campaign Finance Reports for the period January 1, 2013 through August 31, 2013
Campaign Finance Reports for the period January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012
Campaign Finance Reports for the period January 1, 2011 through September 26, 2011
Campaign Finance Reports for the period January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010
Candidates and committees in city elections usually file three campaign finance reports in an election cycle: one before the preliminary election, a second before the general election and a third on Jan 20 of the following year. Reports are filed the Board of Election Commissioners.
Campaign Finance Report, CPF M 102 must include all monies raised since the last report, total expenditures for the period, in-kind contributions and all outstanding liabilities.
The filing requirement applies to all candidates, win or lose. Even those who lose in the preliminary are required to file pre-election and year-end reports. Even those who do not raise or spend any money must sign a form saying they had no activity (M102-0 form).
M.G.L. Chapter 55, the Campaign Finance Law, regulates political activity by public employees and the use of public buildings and resources in campaigns. Public employees who take part in political campaigns and committees they support should be aware of these sections of the law.
No person employed for compensation by the Commonwealth, its cities, towns and counties, and public agencies, other than an elected official, may directly or indirectly solicit or receive a contribution or anything of value for any political purpose.
Soliciting or receiving campaign contributions in a public building is prohibited. Example include City or Town Hall, office buildings, public schools and libraries, police or fire stations and public works garages.
Campaign Finance law prohibits the use of public resources for political campaign purposes, such as influencing the nomination or election of a candidate or the passage or defeat of a ballot question. Public Resources encompass just about anything that is paid for the taxpayers, such as vehicles, office equipment and supplies, buildings, and the paid time of public employees.
For example, a public employee may not, during his work day, render campaign service to a candidate or work in favor of or against ballot question.
For further information or a demonstration contact OCPF at (617) 727-8352 or (800) 462-OCPF.
Financial Disclosure filings are kept in the office of the Board of Election Commissioners at City Hall, 133 William St. Room 114 and are available for public review. Frequently, candidates, community organizations, and the media research candidates through these reports.