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Another special election has been scheduled, this time for the 37th Middlesex district. The House seat will become vacant on January 8 when Rep. Jen Benson, a Lunenberg Democrat, will resign to become president of the Alliance for Business Leadership. […]

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Special elections for the 32nd Middlesex House District and Plymouth and Barnstable Senate District have been scheduled by their respective legislative bodies. Both seats were vacated when their officeholders left for executive positions. Rep. Paul Brodeur, a Democrat, resigned after […]

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On November 26, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a new campaign finance bill into law. The bill amends the state’s law by now requiring House, Senate and all mayoral candidates to use the depository system of campaign finance reporting. According […]

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State Senator Viriato deMacedo announced he will resign from office within the next few weeks. Sen. deMacedo will begin employment as the Director of Regional Partnerships with Bridgewater State University. Sen. deMacedo, who has been serving in the Senate for […]

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This month, a group of member associations, non-profits, and businesses working within the City of Boston submitted a memorandum of legal analysis regarding the city’s Lobbyist Registration and Regulation Ordinance expressing their key concerns with the legislation. The ordinance, passed […]

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New FARA Regulations, and changes being made to lobbying disclosures in various states. Catch up with all of it in this edition of News You Can Use Video Digest!

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The Lobbyist Division of the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office announced they are transitioning to a new disclosure reporting system on June 19. Exclusive, hour-long introduction and training seminars on the new system will be held from June 19 […]

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On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States announced it would decline to hear a challenge to a Massachusetts law. The law in question bans corporate contributions to campaigns, parties and candidate-focused political action committees. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial […]

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The Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) missed a self-imposed deadline this week to release updated regulations limiting political contributions from labor unions. A spokesperson for the agency said it could take several more weeks to work out […]

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The Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance released draft regulations this week that would reduce the amount of money a union can contribute to a candidate annually from $15,000 to $1,000. A state law banning corporate contributions was upheld […]

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On Election Day, Massachusetts voters passed Question 2, paving the way for campaign finance reform. The ballot measure establishes a citizen commission tasked with producing a report on the state of political spending in the Massachusetts and promoting an amendment […]

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Next month, Massachusetts voters will decide on a ballot measure seeking to cap corporate spending in elections. Ballot Question 2, if passed, will create a commission made up of citizens tasked with producing a report on the state of political […]

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The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance filed a lawsuit against the Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) alleging that the state’s campaign finance laws are unconstitutional. The law in question requires ads within 90 days of a general election naming any […]

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Mayor Marty Walsh signed an ordinance last week requiring lobbyist registration and reporting for individuals and entities attempting to influence city action. The ordinance was passed by city council in late September and requires registration by every person retained, employed […]

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