Municipal Campaign Finance Reporting
Welcome to the City of Cambridge web site for Campaign Finance Reports. See below for a brief summary of the reporting and filing requirements for candidates for City Council, School Committee, Political Action Committees, People's Committees, and Municipal Ballot Question Committees. For more detailed information about the campaign finance law and to download guides and forms, go to: http://www.mass.gov/ocpf/. Reporting forms and guides are also available in the Election Commission Office at 51 Inman Street.
The Campaign Finance Law Chapter 55 of the Massachusetts General Laws is a comprehensive statute governing the financing of political campaigns in the Commonwealth. The statute requires, for example, that candidates and political committees disclose all contributions received and expenditures made. The campaign finance law also provides for limitations, and in some cases absolute prohibitions, on certain sources of campaign contributions. Additionally, the way in which campaign funds may be spent is regulated by the statute as well as by regulations and guidelines established by OCPF. Finally, Chapter 55 regulates certain conduct in connection with the raising and spending of campaign funds, such as the activities of public employees, and prohibits the use of governmental resources for political purposes. OCPF has promulgated regulations (970 CMR) on contributions and expenditures, which should be consulted for more specific guidelines on these requirements.
*Source: Campaign Finance Guide for Candidates for Municipal Office, published by the OCPF (Office of Campaign and Political Finance), Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
City Council members and candidates are required to file Campaign Finance reports with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance. These reports are available online at http://www.mass.gov/ocpf/
School Committee Members and Candidates, Political Action Committees, People's Committees, and Local Ballot Question Committees are required to file with the Election Commission. Please click the links below to view these reports.