NCSL Logo 2018 Online Democracy Award Winner
Skip to Content
The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT FURTHER REGULATING DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS FOR EXPENDITURES MADE TO SUPPORT OR OPPOSE CANDIDATES BY CERTAIN COMMITTEES.

      Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
      SECTION 1.  The tenth paragraph of subsection (h) of section 18 of chapter 55 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out clause (8) and inserting in place thereof the following clause:-  (8) the full name and address, listed alphabetically, of each person to whom an expenditure is made, in the reporting period, except for those identified in clause (10), and shall report therein, for each amount or value in excess of $50, the amount and value, date and purpose of each expenditure and the total of all expenditures listed, and in the case of a political party committee organized in accordance with chapter 52 or a political committee supporting more than 1 candidate, the name and address, the elective office held, if any, and office sought by each candidate on whose behalf the expenditure was made;.
      SECTION 2.  The first paragraph of subsection (c) of section 19 of said chapter 55, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following sentence:-  A political action committee or political party committee making an expenditure to support or oppose a candidate shall identify the candidate on the check.
      SECTION 3.  Said section 19 of said chapter 55, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by adding the following subsection:-
      (g)  A political action committee or state committee of a political party organized pursuant to chapter 52 shall, within 7 days of its depository bank disclosing an expenditure made by the committee to support or oppose a candidate, review the bank’s report and if the report does not identify the candidate supported or opposed, append to the bank’s report a disclosure containing the name of the candidate and whether the expenditure supported or opposed the candidate.

Approved, July 14, 2016.