Massachusetts Office of Political and Campaign Finance

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The Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance is an independent state agency that administers Massachusetts General Law Chapter 55, the campaign finance law, and Chapter 55C, the limited public financing program for statewide candidates. Established in 1973, OCPF is the depository for disclosure reports filed by candidates and political committees under M.G.L. Chapter 55.


Specifically, candidates who report to OCPF are those seeking statewide, legislative, county and district office, Governor's Council candidates and two groups of municipal candidates:

  • Candidates for mayor, city council or alderman in the state's five cities with populations of at least 100,000: Boston, Cambridge, Lowell, Springfield and Worcester; and
  • Candidates for mayor in the state's 25 cities with populations of 40,000 to 100,000: Attleborough, Brockton, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Haverhill, Lawrence, Leominster, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Methuen, New Bedford, Newton, Peabody, Pittsfield, Quincy, Revere, Salem, Somerville, Taunton, Waltham, Westfield and Weymouth.

Other municipal candidates in Massachusetts file their reports with their local election officials, but are still subject to oversight by OCPF.

OCPF receives reports filed by hundreds of candidates and committees, reviews them to ensure accurate disclosure and legal compliance, and, where appropriate, conducts legal reviews of campaign finance activity.


The fundamental purpose of the Massachusetts campaign finance law is to assist in maintaining the integrity of the Commonwealth’s electoral system. OCPF’s primary mission is to ensure that accurate and complete disclosure of campaign finance activity by those involved in the electoral process is available in a transparent, easily accessible and timely manner and that stakeholders in the process fully understand and comply with the statute. Stakeholders must have full confidence in the integrity of OCPF’s procedures in transmittal and disclosure of activity. OCPF is committed to providing easily accessed resources, both in the form of disclosure and education, to all participants seeking to influence the outcome of political campaigns. OCPF is also committed to analyzing developments in campaign finance regulation and reform at the federal level and in other jurisdictions, so that OCPF can suggest legislative amendments to strengthen Chapters 55 and 55C.[1][2]

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  1. Massachusetts Office of Political and Campaign Finance, "About OCPF," accessed February 25, 2014
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.