Office of Campaign and Political Finance
From the Director
It’s certainly not quiet at OCPF
Supreme Court decision impacts
these days. Here are a few of
the important issues we are Mass. campaign finance law
confronting on a daily basis:
Interpreting the recent Su-
Corporate contributions to candidates remain prohibited
preme Court decision, Citizens The recent U.S. Supreme
United vs. FEC, administering Court decision, Citizens The impact of CU v. FEC
three special elections for leg- United v. Federal Election
islative seats, working with Commission, has changed Independent corporate “express advocacy” is now al-
municipal clerks on posting the landscape on corporate lowed, but contributions to candidates, PACs and parties
reports, assisting over 100 involvement in Massachu- are still prohibited
new candidates in understand- setts political campaigns, but
ing the campaign finance law, does not alter the existing certain candidate at an elec- expenditures concern local
rolling out a new version of our ban on corporate contribu- tion, so long as the corpora- candidates who do not file
disclosure software, Reporter tions to candidates. tion does not coordinate the with OCPF).
5, transferring certain munici- ad with the candidate’s cam-
Corporations and other busi- The Supreme Court decision
pal candidates to our jurisdic- paign.
ness entities are still prohib- also affects organizations
tion, and, of course, imple-
ited from making contribu- Prior to the court’s decision, with corporate funds in their
menting all of the new require-
tions to candidates, political corporations and other busi- general treasuries, such as
ments in the new campaign
parties and PACs. The nesses were prohibited from non-profit groups financed
finance law. I’m sure you can
court’s decision, however, making independent expendi- by business donations.
read about many of these mat-
now allows corporations to tures. These groups are now per-
ters elsewhere in this newslet-
participate in independent mitted to make independent
ter – I’ll just touch on a few of If corporations make inde-
―express advocacy‖ expendi- expenditures to support or
them briefly. pendent expenditures to ad-
tures, which are made to oppose candidates. Prior to
vocate for or against candi-
The office has received many support or oppose candi- the court decision, those
dates, they must disclose
calls asking about the effect of dates. For example, a cor- groups were prohibited from
that activity by filing elec-
the recent Supreme Court de- poration can now buy a making independent expen-
tronic reports with OCPF (or
cision regarding the involve- newspaper advertisement ditures.
with municipal officials if the
ment of corporations in politi- asking readers to vote for a
cal campaigns. The decision,
as far as the state is con-
cerned, now means that corpo- Campaign finance reports required for specials
rations may make independent
expenditures to support or New law revisions are in effect for candidates
oppose Massachusetts candi- Candidates running in the resignations of former sena- Lantigua are required to file
dates. Corporations will also three special elections this tors Scott Brown and Anthony pre-primary reports by May
be required to disclose these spring will each file three Galluccio, are required to file 10, pre-election reports by
expenditures in accordance campaign finance reports — pre-election reports by May 3 June 7 and 30-day after
with Section 18A of Chapter and will also follow the re- and a 30-day after the elec- reports by July 15.
55. Corporations will not, cent changes to the cam- tion report by June 10. They
however, be allowed to make paign finance law, which These special elections will
also filed pre-primary reports
direct contributions to candi- went into effect Jan. 1, mark the first time candi-
by April 5.
dates. Candidates may not 2010. dates for General Court will
receive direct contributions Candidates for the House seat adhere to the campaign fi-
from any business or Candidates for the special left vacant by the resignation nance law changes. Some of
Senate elections, to fill of former State Rep. William
Continued on Page 2 Continued on Page 2
seats left vacant by the
Page 2 Sprin g 2010
From the Director
Continued from Page 1 Editable PDF reports are
professional corporation, lim-
ited liability company, or lim-
ited liability partnership. For
available for local candidates
further clarification on this is-
OCPF has made ―editable create easy-to-read copies Candidates also have the
sue, please feel free to contact
PDF‖ campaign finance for clerks, who are required option of downloading OCPF’s
forms available on its Web to inspect and post all re- free Reporter 5 software,
District city councilors in Bos- site for municipal candi- ports with more than $1,000 which allows them to enter
ton, Springfield, and Worcester dates and other local politi- in activity to their respective information into a database,
will now file their disclosure cal committees. municipal Web sites and print copies of reports for
reports directly with OCPF, just within 30 days of a filing with local election offi-
as their city-wide brethren cur- The editable forms cials.
rently do. We’ve been work- allow candidates and
ing with these officials to trans- treasurers to type in- The editable forms
formation directly into are available under
fer them to OCPF’s depository
system. Mayoral candidates in the documents, then the ―Forms and Pub- gets upgrade
cities with populations of print and sign the lications‖ tab at the
OCPF’s free reporting soft-
40,000 to 100,000 will also file forms for filing with OCPF Web site,
ware, Reporter 5, is now
directly with OCPF in the same local election officials. www.mass.gov/
manner that legislative candi- ocpf. Form M102,
dates do. That adds 23 cities the regular cam- The software can be
forms were only available
to our client base. paign finance report used by downloaded from the OCPF
on OCPF’s Web site in regu-
municipal candidates, PACs Web site, www.mass.gov/
Al Grimes and Tracey Dano of lar PDF form, requiring us-
and ballot question commit- ocpf.
our IT department have been ers to print the document
tees, is available in editable
sweating out the last minute and fill in the information by The software can be used
form, as are other forms.
details of rolling out our new pen. The editable forms by all political committees.
disclosure software, Reporter
5. Reporter 5 brings new func-
tionality to the user – it allows
easier migration of data and
builds in a variety of new mod- Continued: Special Elections
ules and safeguards designed
to assist the user. I’d like to
Continued from Page 1 day up to $2,500. ple, if a person donates
thank our many beta testers the changes include: $250 to a candidate for the
Changes to the campaign
for their help and thoughtful special election, they are
Sub-vendor reporting: finance law did not alter
comments. limited to donating another
Candidates will be required contribution limits for do-
$250 to the same candidate
We’ve updated our paper forms to file sub-vendor reports if nors to candidates — the
for the scheduled election
– now local candidates can they make expenditures to limit is still $500 for the
happening this fall.
actually complete their report vendors of $5,000 or more, calendar year. For exam-
on editable PDF documents and the vendors make sub-
available on our Web site, print sequent payments to sub-
them out and file them with the vendors of $500 or more. Reporting Requirements
local clerk who will then post
them (if required) on the mu- Late contributions: Cam- Candidates in special legislative elections file three reports for
nicipal Web site. Certainly, it paigns will file special re- the election cycle:
will be easier to view the re- ports for all contributions of
A Pre-Special Primary report, due 8 days before the special
ports than it was when they $500 or more that are re- primary election and complete as of 10 days prior to the due date
were handwritten. ceived and deposited within (18 days before the special primary).
18 days of an election. The
Also, don’t forget the weekly
reports must be filed within A Pre-Special Election report, due 8 days before the special
Wednesday seminar at 2 p.m.
72 hours of deposit. election and complete as of 10 days prior to the due date (18 days
in our office – we’ve had a
before the special election).
great response to these tutori- Late fines: A candidate can
als. I’ve enjoyed meeting the be fined $25 a day up to A Post Election report, due 30 days after the special election and
attendees. $5,000 for late reports. The complete as of 10 days prior to the due date (20 days after the
Mike Sullivan previous amount was $10 a special election).
OCPF Reports Page 3
Recently Organized Candidate Committees
The following candidates recently established com-
mittees with OCPF: David Rose, Fall River, House, 6th Bristol, Republican, Feb. 4.
Brad Williams, West Roxbury, Senate, Suffolk & Norfolk, Republican, F. Randal Hunt, East Sandwich, House, 5th Barnstable, Republican, Feb.
Dec. 4. 5.
David R. Lucas, Melrose, House, 32nd Middlesex, Republican, Dec. 7. Jonathan Loya, Holliston, House, 8th Middlesex, Feb. 5.
Jason Wentworth, Dartmouth, House, 9th Bristol, Democrat, Dec. 8. Jane Morriss, Groton, House, 1st Middlesex, Democrat, Feb. 8.
Stephen E. Spelman, East Longmeadow, District Attorney, Hampden Daniel Winslow, Norfolk, House, 9th Norfolk, Republican, Feb. 9.
District, Democrat, Dec. 11.
Gerald Wasserman, Needham, House, 13th Norfolk, Democrat, Feb. 10.
Peter J. Durant, Spencer, House, 6th Worcester, Republican, Dec., 11.
Joshua Levy, Needham, House, 13th Norfolk, Republican, Feb. 10.
Josh Cutler, Duxbury, House, 6th Plymouth, Democrat, Dec. 11.
Kristine Abrams, Easton, House, 11th Plymouth, Republican, Feb. 10.
Charles Rudnick, Newton, Senate, 1st Middlesex & Norfolk, Democrat,
Anthony C. Bonavita, Agawam, House, 3rd Hampden, Feb. 10.
Jennie L. Caissie, Oxford, Governor’s Council, 7th District, Republican,
Gregory Neffinger, West Springfield, House, 6th Hampden, Republican,
Jacob Bombard, South Boston, House, 4th Suffolk, Democrat, Feb. 12.
Jerald A. Parisella, Bev erly, House, 6th Essex, Democrat, Dec. 14.
Paul Mark, Pittsfield, House, 2nd Berkshire, Democrat, Feb. 12.
Keith Nicholas, Warren, Sheriff, Worcester
County, Unaffiliated, Dec. 14. Kenneth O’Brien, Holden, House, 1st Worcester, Unaffiliated, Feb.
Michael Edward Lake, Boston, Auditor, De-
mocrat, Dec. 21. Mark G. Mastroianni, Westfield, District Attorney, Hampden Dis-
trict, Unaffiliated, Feb. 16.
Craig Spadafora, Malden, Senate, Middlesex &
Essex, Republican, Dec. 22. Karen L. Payne, Roslindale, House, 6th Suffolk, Democrat, Feb.
Monica Medeiros, Melrose, House, 32nd Mid-
dlesex, Republican, Dec. 22. James S. Connolly, Attleboro, House, 2nd Bristol, Feb. 17.
Daniel Dubrule, Ashburnham, Senate, Worces- Kimberly Ferguson, Holden, House, 1st Worcester, Republican,
ter, Hampden, Hampshire & Franklin, Republi- Feb. 17.
can, Dec. 23. Gary Burns McNeill, Needham, House, 13th Norfolk, Democrat, Feb. 17.
John F. Keenan, Quincy, Senate, Norfolk & Plymouth, Jan. 4. Denise Garlick, Needham, House, 13th Norfolk, Democrat, Feb. 17.
Marie Angelides, Longmeadow, House, 2nd Hampden, Republican, Jan. John Tobin, West Roxbury, City Council, Democrat, Feb. 19.
4. Thomas Bowler, Pittsfield, Sheriff, Berkshire County, Democrat, Feb.
Michael J. Albano, Chelsea, Senate, Middlesex, Suffolk & Essex, Democ- 19.
ratic, Jan. 7. Alan Silvia, Fall River, House, 7th Bristol, Democrat, Feb. 19.
Michael J. Coogan, Assonet, Senate, 1st Bristol & Plymouth, Democ- Paul Brodeur, Melrose, House, 32nd Middlesex, Democrat, Feb. 22.
ratic, Jan. 11. Eric Estevez, Wakefield, House, 32nd Middlesex, Republican, Feb. 22.
David T. Vieira, Falmouth, House, 3rd Barnstable, Republican, Jan. 12. Russell Holmes, Mattapan, House, 6th Suffolk, Democrat, Feb. 23.
Oscar R. Arce, Greenfield, House, 2nd Franklin, Democrat, Jan. 13. Dean Vogel, West Springfield, House, 6th Hampden, Republican, Feb.
Christopher Dent, Nahant, Senate, 3rd Essx & Middlesex, Republican, 24.
Jan. 13. Jesse Reich, Ayer, House, 1st Middlesex, Democrat, Feb. 24.
Scot Bove, Jefferson, Sheriff, Worcester County, Democrat, Jan. 13. John Mitchell, Fall River, Senate, 1st Bristol & Plymouth, Democrat, Feb.
Brian J. Herr, Hopkinton, State Treasurer, Republican, Jan. 13. 24.
Enrico John Villamaino III, East Longmeadow, House, 2nd Hampden, Edward Coppinger, West Roxbury, House, 10th Suffolk, Democrat, Feb.
Republican, Jan. 20. 24.
Kelly Tynan, West Roxbury, House, 10th Suffolk, Democrat, Jan. 20. James Munafo, Hyannis, House, 2nd Barnstable, Republican, Feb. 25.
Sal DiDomenico, Everett, Senate, Middlesex, Suffolk & Essex, Democ- Darrin D’Wayne Howell, Dorchester, House, 6th Suffolk, Democrat,
rat, Jan. 21. Feb. 25.
Dennis A. Benzan, Belmont, Senate, Middlesex, Suffolk & Essex, De- Patricia Lawton, Bridgewater, House, 8th Plymouth, Democrat, Feb. 26.
mocrat, Jan. 25. Barry Lawton, Dorchester, House, 5th Suffolk, Democrat, Feb. 26.
Scott Houseman, Beverly, House, 6th Essex, Democrat, Jan. 29. Lee Scott Laugenour, Lenox, House, 4th Berkshire, Green-Rainbow,
Raymond Medeiros Jr., Dartmouth, House, 9th Bristol, Democrat, Jan. Feb. 26.
29. Michael Anderson, Georgetown, House, 2nd Essex, Republican, March
Lori-Ann Turner, Framingham, House, 6th Middlesex, Republican, Feb. 1.
Mark McGonagle, South Boston, House, 4th Suffolk, Democrat,
Paul P. Sullivan, West Roxbury, House, 10th Suffolk, Democrat, Feb. 2. March 1.
Genevieve C. Fraser, Orange, House, 2nd Franklin, Feb. 3. Mark Ciommo, Boston, City Council, March 2.
Patrick Brennan, Boston, House, 4th Suffolk, Republican, Feb. 3.
Matthew Beaton, Shrewsbury, House, 11th Worcester, Republican,
John Kelly, Dracut, Senate, 2nd Essex & Middlesex, Democrat, Feb. 3. March 2.
David W. Pottier, Taunton, Senate, 1st Plymouth & Bristol, Republican, Continued on Page 4
OCPF Reports Page 4
Recent Cases and Rulings Continued from Page 3
Mike Ross, Boston, City Council,
OCPF audits all campaign $500 payment to the state did not disclose many ex- March 2.
finance reports and reviews as civil forfeitures and penditures from 2003 to John O’Leary, Needham, House,
all complaints alleging viola- purged $900 in prohibited 2008, causing the commit-
tions of the campaign finance 13th Norfolk, Republican, March 2.
corporate contributions to tee to significantly over-
law. These audits and reviews charity. The candidate state its ending balance on John Thorlin, Andover, House, 18th
may result in enforcement Essex, Republican, March 2.
agreed to forgive all past campaign finance reports.
actions or rulings such as
committee liabilities to him- The review, initiated at the Jonathan Long, Holden, House, 1st
public resolution letters, dis-
self and repay his committee request of the committee,
position agreements or refer- Worcester, March 2.
ral to the Office of the Attor- $1,500 from his personal included an analysis of
funds for the personal use of bank statements, support- Paul Levasseur, Acushnet, County
ney General for further ac-
tion. campaign money. The can- ing documentation and a Commissioner, Bristol County, De-
didate also agreed to an reconciliation of the com- mocrat, March 2.
A public resolution letter enhanced reporting sched- mittees’ campaign finance
may be issued in instances Tom Szczapaniak, Dalton, House,
ule. records. To resolve the
where the office found “no matter, the committee 2nd Berkshire, Democrat, March 3.
reason to believe” a violation CPF-09-85: Morris Jones, amended its reports, has William “Bill” Linehan, Boston,
occurred: where “no further Springfield. Did not comply made a $1,500 payment to City Council, Democrat, March 3.
action” or investigation is (disclosure); 12/30/2009.
warranted: or where a sub-
the state for the costs of
The Jones Committee spent William Campbell, Woburn, Secre-
ject “did not comply” with the the review and has agreed
more than $3,000 between to an enhanced reporting tary of State, Republican, March 4.
law but, in OCPF’s view, the July and November in 2009,
case is able to be settled in schedule. Rob Consalvo, Hyde Park, Boston,
prior to filing a Certificate of
an informal fashion with an City Council, Democrat, March 4.
educational letter or a re-
Appointment of Depository CPF-09-87: Haverhill
quirement that some correc- Bank form with OCPF. Democratic City Commit- David Proulx, Fall River, House, 8th
tive action be taken. A public Jones, a candidate for City tee. Did not comply Bristol, Republican, March 4.
resolution letter does not Council, was assessed a (disclosure, prohibited con-
Ben Quelle, Middleboro, House,
necessarily imply a wrongdo- penalty of $1,020 for the tributions); 01/12/2010.
ing on the part of a subject late-filing of the form. The The committee did not file 12th Plymouth, Republican, March 8.
and does not require agree- form was filed on Nov. 23, reports for 2006, 2007 or Timothy Allen, Springfield, District
ment by a subject. 2009. 2008 until November 2009, City Council, March 9.
disclosing more than
A disposition agreement is CPF-09-72: Police Chief Rich Bastien, Gardner, House, 2nd
$10,000 in activity during
a voluntary written agree- William Pittman, Nan- Worcester, Republican, March 9.
ment entered into between
the three-year period. The
tucket. No further action report failed to itemize
the subject of a review and Nicholas Collins, South Boston,
(public resources); $5,908 in contributions,
OCPF, in which the subject
1/4/2010. The town author- House, 4th Suffolk, Democrat, March
agrees to take certain specific and the committee ac-
ized payment for the produc- 9.
actions. cepted two prohibited con-
tion of a video advocating a tributions from candidates Steven M. Glovsky, Salem, Gover-
Public Resolution Let- ―yes vote‖ on a new police running for Congress. To nor’s Council, Republican, March 12.
ters station. Based on the timing resolve the matter, the
and content of the video, Thomas A. McCarthy, Springfield,
committee made payments
CPF-09-52: Rep. De- public resources should not Senate, 1st Hampden & Hampshire,
of $500 to the state’s gen-
metrius J. Atsalis, West have been used. The town Republican, March 12.
eral fund and $500 to char-
Hyannisport. Did not paid $800 from the police ity. Martin A. McGuane, House, 2nd
comply (personal use, cor- department budget for the
porate contributions, re- Franklin, Democrat, March 12.
video, which was aired on CPF-10-01: Rep. Michael
porting); 12/22/2009. local Nantucket TV and Rush, West Roxbury. No David A. Smith, Wareham, House,
During the 2007-2008 re- posted on the town Web site further action (public em- 2nd Plymouth, Democrat, March 12.
porting period, the Atsalis prior to town meeting on ployees, public buildings);
James Henderson, Stow, Secretary
Committee did not accu- April 4, 2009. The town 01/14/2010. Rep. Rush’s
rately report its campaign election was April 12. At the Statehouse office phone of State, un-affiliated, March 15.
finance activity, did not conclusion of the video, the number was listed on his David Bissaillon, Adams, House,
comply with a ban on com- police chief encouraged the campaign Web site as a 1st Berkshire, Democrat, March 15.
mittee reimbursement pay- citizens of Nantucket to contact number for people
ments to the candidate set Sean P. Malloy, Dorchester, House,
―vote yes for the new police interested in making contri-
out in a previous public facility.‖ The chief did not butions to his campaign. 5th Suffolk, Republican, March 15.
resolution letter, accepted specify that the appeal was Campaign finance law pro- Angelo L. D’Emilia, Bridgewater,
and deposited $900 in cor- for a yes vote at town meet- hibits public employees House, 8th Plymouth, Republican,
porate, excess and misdi- ing, and therefore, viewers from soliciting or receiving March 16.
rected political contribu- could reasonably conclude campaign contributions,
tions, made expenditures the video as being intended and prohibits the solicita- Corey Belanger, Lowell, Governor’s
that were primarily for per- to influence the town elec- tion or receipt of contribu- Council, Democrat, March 16.
sonal use, and did not con- tion. The Police Charitable tions in buildings used for Paul Schmid, Westport, House, 8th
sistently comply with the Association reimbursed the governmental purposes.
Bristol, Democrat, March 17.
interim reporting schedule town $800. No funds were raised as a
established in a previous result of the phone number Debra Silberstein, Andover, Sen-
public resolution letter. The CPF-09-101: Rep. Charles being listed on the Web ate, 2nd Essex & Middlesex, Democ-
candidate and his political Murphy, Burlington. Did site. rat, March 18.
committee each made a not comply (reporting);
01/11/2010. The committee Continued on Page 5
Page 5 Spring 2010
Recent cases and rulings Law student
Continued from Page 4 duce and distribute the news- fice, who would like to con-
CPF-09-78: Angela Cheng-
Cimini, Sturbridge. No
letter and did not comply
with the campaign finance
tact supporters and friends to
see if he can raise at least
law. The board’s executive $100,000, which he believes
reason to believe
director, Timothy Bassett, would be the minimum Nisha Balsara, a 2nd-year Suf-
paid $5,000 in restitution to amount necessary to be a folk University Law School stu-
Angela Cheng-Cimini person-
the board. viable candidate, must file dent, was hired as a part time
ally paid for a town-wide
mailing in support of a ballot CPF-09-56: Sheriff Guy W. campaign finance reports legal intern at the Office of Cam-
question, distributed prior to Glodis, Auburn. Did not with OCPF. His outreach to
paign and Political Finance.
the Oct. 26, 2009, election in comply (disclosure); friends and supporters would
Sturbridge. The mailing, how- 2/26/2010. The committee include verbal and written She is assisting the OCPF legal
ever, inadvertently contained distributed a four-page solicitations to the effect that
department in a number of ca-
a statement indicating it was Worcester County Sheriff’s he has worked on a number
of issues of public importance pacities, including research.
from the ―Friends of Burgess Annual News Bulletin, which
Elementary.‖ Groups that as a municipal official and She is also enhancing OCPF’s
was paid for by the Worcester
raised or spent money to County Civil Process Office, in would like to continue this electronic legal search database.
support or oppose a ballot a campaign mailing. The task as a legislator, and that
questions in 2009 were re- he would run for legislative Balsara, a Malden native, re-
Glodis Committee should
quired to file disclosure re- have made the initial pay- office if he can raise at least ceived her undergraduate de-
ports, while individuals were ment to reproduce the News $100,000. If funds are raised gree in political science and
not required to file. Because Bulletin because it was part for a possible state legislative
economics from George Wash-
the mailing was paid for by of a campaign mailing. The campaign, however, and the
individual decides to not seek ington University.
an individual, filing a disclo- committee has paid the
sure report was not required Worcester County Civil Proc- state office, the money raised
in 2009 (individuals are re- ess Office $674.69 for the may be used for the individ-
quired to file disclosure re- costs of the printing. ual's campaigns for local of-
ports starting in 2010). fice.
CPF-09-77: Attorney Gen- Heartquist, Newburyport: AO-10-01: The fact that the
name of a partnership ap-
Did you know?
eral Martha Coakley Com- Did not comply (corporate
mittee. No reason to believe contribution); 3/4/2010. The pears on a check given to a
candidate's committee does Local election officials are begin-
(prohibited contribution); Heartquist Committee re-
02/04/2010. The state- ceived a prohibited corporate not necessarily mean the ning to post municipal campaign
level Martha Coakley Com- contribution of $100 from the check is from the partner-
finance reports to their city or
mittee provided goods and Wharf Management Company ship. If the check, or other
services to her U.S. Senate on Sept. 29, 2009. The com- writing submitted with the town Web sites. Clerks can post
campaign, which reimbursed mittee made a $100 payment check, states that it was every report, but are only required
the state committee $35,735. to the state to purge the drawn on a partner's personal
sub-account, the check may to post forms that reflect $1,000
The state-level committee contribution.
then disgorged that amount be used to transmit the indi- or more in activity. The new stat-
to charity to comply with Advisory Opinions vidual partner's contribution.
ute requires the reports to be
Massachusetts campaign Business partnerships are
AO-09-08: A head coach of prohibited from contributing posted within 30 days of a filing
finance law, which prohibits
a public school's athletic to candidate campaigns.
state-level committees from deadline.
team who is employed for a
receiving money from federal
season that lasts from mid- AO-10-02: A candidate's
March to May, if compen- committee may rent a school
Local election officials are asked to
CPF-09-49: Essex Regional sated, would be a temporary bus, that is personally owned
Retirement Board, Dan- public employee during that by one of its supporters, at keep the reports posted on their
vers. Did not comply (public season. As such, he would fair market value, for use at municipal Web site for at least six
resources); 02/16/2010. The not be able to engage in po- campaign events. The com-
mittee may also pay the sup- years (specifically, until Dec. 31 of
Essex Regional Retirement litical fundraising during the
Board used public resources season when he is em- porter to decorate the bus the sixth year following the rele-
to oppose Question 1 on the ployed. He may, however, with the campaign's signs
ballot in the Nov. 4, 2008, engage in political fundraising and colors. The committee
state election. The board in the off-season, even if he would then be obligated to
reproduced and distributed expects to be reappointed for pay the supporter, at fair
approximately 5,000 copies the upcoming season. If the market value, for the adver-
of its fall 2008 newsletter, town designates the position tising benefit received from
―The Navigator,‖ which con- as unpaid, however, and the the decorated bus even on
Office of Campaign and
tained a section advocating a coach is not compensated for days the committee did not Political Finance
vote against the ballot ques- his work, he would not be rent the bus for campaign
tion. A total of $18,090 was subject to the restrictions of events. If an individual vol- Phone: 617-979-8300
unteers to drive the bus at 800-462-OCPF
spent for the production, M.G.L. c. 55, § 13 and could,
reproduction and mailing of even during the season when campaign events, the driver's E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
the 12-page Navigator, of he works as a coach, solicit time and work would be a www.mass.gov/ocpf
which 1.5 pages were de- and receive contributions. "personal service" to the
committee, which would not One Ashburton Place
voted to influencing the ballot Room 411
AO-09-09: A municipal offi- need to be disclosed on the
question. An OCPF review Boston, MA 02108
cial who is considering run- committee's campaign fi-
determined that public re-
ning for state legislative of- nance reports.
sources were used to repro-