On August 17, 2012, changes to the Code of Massachusetts Regulations (970 CMR 1.00 - 4.00)
went into effect. View a summary of the changes.
On Jan. 21, 2010, the US Supreme Court issued Citizens United v. FEC. Although this case has
received widespread publicity, its effect in Massachusetts, at this point, can be summarized as follows:
Corporations may not make direct contributions to candidates or political committees, except for ballot
question committees. Corporations may make independent expenditures to support or oppose candidates.
Those independent expenditures shall be disclosed in accordance with Chapter 55, Section 18A.
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|Governor Patrick signed Campaign Finance, Ethics & Lobbying Reform
Chapter 28 of the 2009 Session Laws.
The governor signed into law the Act to Improve the Laws Relating to Campaign Finance, Ethics and
Lobbying on July 1, 2009. The changes to M.G.L. Chapter 55, the campaign finance, took effect
January 1, 2010. The sections of the new law relating to campaign finance, Sections 23 to 59, begin
on page 20.
- Campaign Finance Law
The Massachusetts general law governing Campaign Finance.
- Public Financing Law
The Massachusetts general law governing the limited public financing of
campaigns for statewide elective office.
- OCPF Regulations
Campaign finance activity regulations promulgated by OCPF.
- Searchable Legal Database
A searchable database of all sections of Chapter 55, the Massachusetts
campaign finance law, Chapter 55C, the public financing law, and OCPF regulations, interpretive bulletins,
memoranda, advisory opinions and guidance letters.
- Legal Topics
This is an interactive listing of all of OCPF's advisory opinions and
guidance letters, grouped by the legal topic to which they relate. The main topics are divided into
subtopics -- If you click on a topic button, you can view its associated subtopics. If you click on a
subtopic button, you can view all of the advisory opinions and guidance letters associated with that subtopic.
- Advisory Opinion Index
OCPF issues opinions concerning prospective activities in response to
questions by candidates, committees and the public. Click here for a chronological index of all AOs
issued by OCPF since 1982, with summaries and links to the full text of each opinion.
- Interpretive Bulletin Index
OCPF periodically issues and revises bulletins on various topics.
Click here for a chronological index of all IBs, with summaries and links to the full text of each bulletin.
- Memoranda Index
OCPF periodically issues and revised memoranda to clarify the application
of the Massachusetts campaign finance law to various topics. Click here for a chronological index of all
memoranda, with summaries and links to the full text of each.
- Issues of Interest
View a list of items that have warranted special interest by the
- Contribution Limits Chart
View a chart of the contribution limits to candidates and political committees
OCPF welcomes all inquiries regarding campaign finance activities in
Massachusetts. Individuals may call for informal oral advice or may request a written
advisory opinion concerning the specific application of the campaign finance law
or OCPF's regulations. Individuals with information concerning possible violations of the campaign
finance laws may file a confidential request for a review with