Before you search OCPF's Electronic Filing System, please take a minute to determine what
candidates and committees may be found there.
Most candidates and committees are required to file their reports electronically, some depending
on whether they exceed specific receipt or expenditure thresholds. The following candidates
and committees are required to e-file:
- Candidates for statewide office who raise or spend more than $50,000 in a four-year
- Candidates for the Governor's Council, Senate or House candidates who raise or
spend more than $5,000 in a two-year election cycle.
- Committees organized to support or oppose questions on a state ballot that raise or
spend more than $25,000 in a two-year cycle.
The e-file requirement for the above candidates and committees began in January 2002.
- Political action committees, people's committees and party committees (state
or local) that raise or spend more than $10,000 in a two-year election cycle. The
vast majority of local party committees fall far below that level.
The e-file requirement for these committees began in January 2004.
- All candidates for county office, including sheriff and district attorney, and
candidates for mayor and councilor-at-large in the five largest cities in
Massachusetts (Boston, Cambridge, Lowell, Springfield and Worcester). All
candidates for these offices are required to e-file, regardless of the amounts they raise
The e-file requirement for these candidates began in January 2005.
- Candidates for district city council seats in the five largest cities in
Massachusetts (Boston, Cambridge, Lowell, Springfield and Worcester).
- Candidates for mayor in cities with populations of
40,000 to 100,000.
- Candidates' legal defense, inaugural or recount funds.
information about segregated fund reporting.)
The e-file requirement for these committees began in January 2010.
Candidates' and committees' filing obligations vary according to whether it is an
election year. In an election year, candidates and committees file with greater
frequency. Visit the Filing Schedules page to view the
filing schedules for all candidates and committees.
NOTE: Some former candidates are listed on the EFS even though they are currently
not seeking office. That is because their banks are forwarding their monthly expenditure
statements to OCPF as part of the entire batch of reports it submits regularly. The
candidates are not required to file contributor information. These candidates are sorted
on the EFS according to the last office they sought.
How To Find Specific Filing Information
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information about searching for information on the Electronic Filing System.