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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously to uphold the state’s prohibition on corporate contributions this week. Rick Green, the republican nominee for the state’s 3rd Congressional District seat, owns 1A Auto Inc., one of the companies asserting the ban […]

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The Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance has issued an emergency regulation requiring independent expenditure disclosure prior to the primary election on September 4. “Due to the Labor Day holiday on Sept. 3, the statute would not require independent […]

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July 16, 2018  •  

Boston Lobbying Reform Vetoed

Last week, Mayor Marty Walsh vetoed a Boston City Council Ordinance on lobbying reform. Mayor Walsh first proposed an overhaul to the city’s lobbying laws in 2016, stating a need for an increase in transparency. His proposal brought stricter lobbying […]

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The Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance released a draft version of updates to the agency’s regulations taking affect at the end of the month. The changes were subject to a public hearing last month and aim to make […]

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Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin announced the dates for the 1st Suffolk Senatorial District special elections. The primary will be held April 3, with the general on May 1. The vacancy was created after Linda Dorcena Forry resigned to become […]

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A special election will be called for the 1st Berkshire State Representative Seat to replace Rep. Gailanne Cariddi. Rep. Cariddi, who was in her fourth term, died over the weekend. Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is responsible for setting the […]

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A state ban on political contributions to candidates by businesses was upheld by a Suffolk Superior Court judge last week. Massachusetts campaign finance law prohibits contributions from businesses but allows contributions from labor unions. Two businesses active in a fiscally […]

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Oral arguments were heard last week in a 2015 lawsuit filed in Massachusetts Suffolk County Superior Court challenging state laws allowing unions to make political contributions while barring corporations from doing the same. The lawsuit is being brought by the […]

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November 15, 2016  •  

MA Task Force to Review Ethics Laws

On November 14, the Massachusetts Senate passed a resolution to create a task force to review ethics laws governing state, county, and municipal employees. House Bill 4627, which previously passed the House, requires the task force to file a report […]

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On October 18, the Massachusetts House of Representatives will consider whether to create a temporary committee to review the state’s ethics laws. The panel, called the Task Force on Integrity in State and Local Government, is being promoted by House […]

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On August 9, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed House Bill 543 into law, joining other recently signed bills helping to tweak the state’s current campaign finance laws. The new legislation allows for individuals to make addition political contributions of up […]

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The Massachusetts Legislature adjourned its formal session on July 31 with a flurry of activity. Lawmakers passed several significant pieces of legislation, including a campaign finance law requiring certain independent expenditure-only committees to disclose their top five contributors, a law […]

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On April 8, the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) issued new regulations concerning coordination between candidates and independent expenditure-only political committees. The new regulations clarify definitions in the law for the terms “independent expenditure” and “electioneering communication” […]

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Massachusetts state Sen. Michael Brady has introduced legislation proposing state municipalities require lobbyist registration and reporting. If passed, municipalities would be allowed to opt into the law’s requirements after approval by vote of the local governing body. According to Brady, […]

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