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Section 18B. Each candidate or elected official who sponsors a fund raising event in the commonwealth on behalf of a non-resident candidate shall file with the director reports of contributions received by the non-resident candidate as a result of said fund raising event on forms to be prescribed by the director except as noted herein in accordance with this section on or before the thirtieth day following said fund raising event.

(A) Each report required to be filed under the provisions of this section shall include:

(1) the name and address, listed alphabetically, of each person or corporation or other entity which has made a contribution to the non-resident candidate in connection with said fund raising event in an amount or value in excess of fifty dollars and the amount and value and date of such contribution;

(2) the name and address, listed alphabetically, of each candidate or political committee from which was received by the non-resident candidate or said candidate’s political committee any transfer of money or anything of value in connection with said fund raising event in an amount or value in excess of fifty dollars, together with the amount or value and date of any such transfer;

(3) the name and address of the principal officers of any trust, foundation, corporation, association or other entity from which was received a contribution by the non-resident candidate or said candidates political committee in connection with said fund raising event in an amount or value in excess of fifty dollars, together with the amount or value and date of any such transfer;

(4) the amount or value and date of each loan to or from any person or entity, in connection with said fund raising event in an amount or value in excess of fifty dollars, together with the name and residential address of the lender and endorser, if any, listed alphabetically, and the amount and value of and date of each loan;

(5) the total amount of all contributions reported pursuant to clauses (1) to (4), inclusive, of paragraph (A) as well as the total amount of all contributions less than or equal to fifty dollars from any individual, political committee, trust, partnership, association or other organization other than a political committee received by the non-resident candidate in connection with said fund raising event; and

(6) in addition to the information required by clause (1), the occupation and employer or employers of each person who has made a contribution to the non-resident candidate in connection with said fund raising event in an amount or value of two hundred dollars or more pursuant to section two.

(B) A candidate or elected official sponsoring a fund raising event for a non-resident candidate may file a copy of any report required to be filed by the non-resident candidate in accordance with the laws of the state where said non-resident candidate seeks nomination or election instead of the report prescribed by the director, provided said report:

(1) contains the information required by this section;

(2) is attested by the candidate or elected official sponsoring said fund raising event under the penalties of perjury as a true and accurate copy of the report filed by the non-resident candidate; and

(3) is filed on or before the thirtieth day following said fund raising event.

(C) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any fund raising event unless said fund raising event raises in the aggregate more than one thousand dollars.

(D) For the purposes of this section the following words shall have the following meanings:—

“Non-resident candidate”, any person seeking nomination or election to state or federal office in any state other than the commonwealth, who is a candidate in accordance with the laws of the state where said person is seeking nomination or election or would be a candidate under section one of this chapter except for the fact that said person is seeking public office in a state other than the commonwealth or any person who currently holds an elective office in any state other than the commonwealth.

“Fund raising event”, any event the purpose of which is to raise funds through the device of tickets, advertisements, or otherwise, for a non-resident candidate including a testimonial, held on behalf of said non-resident candidate for the election campaign or political committee of a non-resident candidate as defined by this section and that is sponsored in whole or in part by a candidate as defined in section one.

Violation of any provision of this section shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or both.

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