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The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 7A: Campaign contributions to candidates from individuals; limitation; contributions from legislative and executive agents; contributions from gaming licensee

[ Paragraph (1) of subsection (a) effective until July 22, 2016. For text effective July 22, 2016, see below.]

  Section 7A. (a)(1) An individual may make campaign contributions to candidates or candidate's committees; provided, however, that the aggregate of all such contributions for the benefit of any one candidate and that candidate's committee shall not exceed the sum of $1,000 in any calendar year.

[ Paragraph (1) of subsection (a) as amended by 2016, 156 effective July 22, 2016. For text effective until July 22, 2016, see above.]

  (a)(1) An individual may make campaign contributions to candidates or candidates' committees. The aggregate of all such contributions for the benefit of any 1 candidate and that candidate's committee shall not exceed the sum of $1,000 in a calendar year; provided, however, that the aggregate of contributions by an individual for the benefit of any 1 candidate and the candidate's committee seeking election to the office of state senator or state representative in a state election who previously, in the same calendar year, sought election to the office of state senator or state representative in a special election, shall not exceed the sum of $1,000 during the period beginning on the first day of January and ending on the day of the special election and an additional $1,000 during the period that begins on the day after the special election and ends on the last day of December following the special election.

  (2) An individual may in addition make campaign contributions for the benefit of elected political committees or non-elected political committees organized on behalf of a political party; provided, however, that the aggregate of such campaign contributions for the benefit of the political committees of any one political party shall not exceed in any one calendar year the sum of five thousand dollars.

  (3) An individual may in addition make campaign contributions to any political committee not specified in paragraph (1), (2) or (4); provided, however, that the aggregate of such campaign contributions to any one such political committee shall not exceed in any one calendar year the sum of five hundred dollars.

  (4) An individual may in addition make contributions without limitation to ballot question committees.

  (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the aggregate of all contributions by a legislative or executive agent for the benefit of any one candidate and such candidate's committee shall not exceed the sum of two hundred dollars in any one calendar year. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the aggregate of all contributions by a legislative or executive agent to any other political committee, other than a ballot question committee, shall not exceed the sum of two hundred dollars in any one calendar year.

  (c) The aggregate of all contributions by a person who holds a license issued by the Massachusetts gaming commission, who was required to apply for that license under section 14 of chapter 23K, for the benefit of any 1 candidate and such candidate's committee shall not exceed $200 in a calendar year. The aggregate of all contributions by a person who holds a license issued by the Massachusetts gaming commission, who was required to apply for that license under said section 14 of said chapter 23K, for the benefit of any other political committee, other than a ballot question committee, shall not exceed $200 in a calendar year.