Non-Depository Candidate and Committee Reporting Schedule

Candidates for the State Legislature and Local (Ward, Town and City) Party Committees use this schedule to file their reports. Local Party Committees DO NOT file mid-year reports.

Report YearReport TypeBegin Reporting PeriodEnd Reporting PeriodDate Due

* 72-Hour Reporting: Legislative candidates and candidate's committees that receive and deposit contributions of $500 or more after the 18th day, but more than 72 hours, before the date of a special, preliminary, primary or general election must file a disclosure report within 72 hours of depositing the contributions received.  Instructional Video

Subvendor Reports: This report is filed as a new schedule in the CPF 102ND report. The report is filed by candidates and committees to provide information about the underlying expenditure activity of third-party vendors subcontracted by vendors to provide goods and services of $500 or more to the candidate or committee. The reports are filed according to the regular filing schedule above.

2016Pre-Primary01/01/201608/21/201608/31/2016
 Late Contributions (Pre-Primary)08/22/201609/4/2016Within 72 hours of deposit
Primary Election: September 8, 2016
 Pre-Election*08/22/201610/21/201610/31/2016
 Late Contributions (Pre-Election)10/22/201611/4/2016Within 72 hours of deposit
General Election: November 8, 2016
 Year-End*10/22/201612/31/201601/20/2017
2015Mid-Year01/01/201506/30/201507/20/2015
 Year-End07/01/201512/31/201501/20/2016
Report YearReport TypeBegin Reporting PeriodEnd Reporting PeriodDate Due
2017Mid-Year01/01/201706/30/201707/20/2017
 Year-End07/01/201712/31/201701/22/2018
2018Pre-Primary01/01/201808/19/201808/29/2018
 Pre-Election08/20/201810/19/201810/29/2018
 Year-End10/20/201812/31/201801/21/2019
Report YearReport TypeBegin Reporting PeriodEnd Reporting PeriodDate Due
2014Pre-Primary01/01/201408/22/201409/02/2014
 Pre-Election08/23/201410/17/201410/27/2014
 Year-End10/18/201412/31/201401/20/2015
2013Mid-Year01/01/201306/30/201307/22/2013
 Year-End07/01/201312/31/201301/21/2014
2012Pre-Primary01/01/201208/19/201208/29/2012
 Pre-Election08/20/201210/19/201210/29/2012
 Year-End10/20/201212/31/201201/22/2013
2011Mid-Year01/01/201106/30/201107/20/2011
 Year-End07/01/201112/31/201101/20/2012
2010Pre-Primary01/01/201008/27/201009/07/2010
 Pre-Election08/28/201010/15/201010/25/2010
 Year-End10/16/201012/31/201001/20/2011
2009Year-End01/01/200912/31/200901/20/2010
2008Pre-Primary01/01/200808/29/200809/08/2008
 Pre-Election08/30/200810/17/200810/27/2008
 Year-End10/18/200812/31/200801/20/2009
2007Year-End01/01/200712/31/200701/22/2008
2006Pre-Primary01/01/200609/01/200609/11/2006
 Pre-Election09/02/200610/20/200610/30/2006
 Year-End10/21/200612/31/200601/22/2007
2005Year-End01/01/200512/31/200501/20/2006
2004Pre-Primary01/01/200408/27/200409/07/2004
 Pre-Election08/28/200410/15/200410/25/2004
 Year-End10/16/200412/31/200401/20/2005
2003Year-End01/01/200312/31/200301/20/2004
2002Pre-Primary01/01/200208/30/200209/09/2002
 Pre-Election08/31/200210/18/200210/28/2002
 Year-End10/19/200212/31/200201/21/2003
2001Year-End01/01/200112/31/200101/22/2002
2000Pre-Primary01/01/200009/01/200009/11/2000
 Pre-Election09/02/200010/20/200010/30/2000
 Year-End10/21/200012/31/200001/22/2001

Depository Candidate and Committee Reporting Schedule

Statewide (Consitutional), District, County and Governor's Councillor Candidates, Political Action Committees (PACs), People's Committees, the State Party Committees and the Mayor and City Council Candidates in Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Fall River, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, New Bedford, Newton, Quincy, Somerville, Springfield and Worcester file the following reports with OCPF:

  • Twice-Monthly Account Summary and Expenditures Report
    -- Filed by the candidates' and committees' appointed depository financial institutions --

    This report provides beginning and ending balance information, a summary of the deposit activity in the account, and a detailed listing of all expenditure activity for each depository campaign account for the reporting period.

    The bank's twice-monthly reports cover: Period I - the 1st through the 15th of the month, due by no later than the 20th of the month; and Period II - the 16th through the end of the month, due no later than the 5th of the following month.

  • Deposit Report
    -- Filed by the candidates and committees --

    This report provides contribution information for each deposit made into the campaign account. Candidates and committees file their reports in accordance with the bank's filing schedule.

  • 72-Hour (Late) Contribution Report
    -- Filed by the candidates and committees --

    Depository candidates and committees that receive and deposit contributions of $500 or more after the 18th day, but more than 72 hours (24 hours for State Party Committees), before the date of a special, preliminary, primary or general election must file a disclosure report within 72 hours of depositing the contributions received.
    NOTE:  Depository filers may submit Deposit Report in accordance with the 72-hour reporting schedule instead of filing this report.

  • Subvendor Report
    -- Filed by the candidates and committees --

    This report provides information about the underlying expenditure activity of third-party vendors subcontracted by vendors to provide goods and services to the candidate or committee. The reports are filed on or before the 5th of each month covering the preceding month.

  • Reimbursement Report
    -- Filed by the candidates and committees --

    This report provides information about the underlying expenditure activity for each third-party reimbursement made. Candidates and committees file their reports in accordance with the bank's filing schedule.

  • Committee Credit Card Report
    -- Filed by the candidates and committees --

    This report provides information about the underlying expenditure activity for each statement period of the committee's credit account. The reports are filed on or before the 5th of each month covering the preceding month.

Depository candidates and committees also file a summary year-end report which is due on January 20th of the following year. The year-end report summarizes all deposit and expenditure activity for the year, lists any savings accounts (and balances), and provides disclosure of all in-kind contributions received or liabilities incurred during the year.

Municipal Candidate Reporting Schedule

Local candidates file reports with the election officials in their respective cities and towns, following the local election calendar.

  • Candidates in Towns
    In towns, reports are due eight days before a primary, if one is held, and eight days before and 30 days after the election. A subsequent year-end report is required for incumbents and candidates or committees that have continuing balances or liabilities or did not dissolve for the post-election report. The year-end report is due on January 20th of the following year.
    (NOTE: This schedule applies to the vast majority of towns that hold their annual elections in the late winter or spring. Towns that hold their annual elections in November follow the same schedule as cities below.)

  • Candidates in Cities
    In cities, reports are due eight days before the preliminary, eight days before the election, and, as a final report, a year-end report which is due January 20th of the following year. In off-election years, incumbent candidates and committees that have continuing balances or liabilities or did not dissolve are required to file a year-end report.


The mayoral candidates in the following communities are required to electronically file their reports with OCPF:

Cities with Populations Less Than 75,000
AgawamAmesburyAttleboroughBeverlyBraintreeChicopee
EasthamptonEverettFitchburgGardnerGloucesterGreenfield
HaverhillHolyokeLeominsterMaldenMarlboroMedford
MelroseMethuenNewburyportNorth AdamsNorthamptonPeabody
PittsfieldRevereSalemTauntonWalthamWest Springfield
WestfieldWeymouthWoburn   
These candidates file their reports with OCPF in accordance with the local election calendar for their community. In addition, they are also required to report contributions of $500 or more that they receive and deposit late in the election cycle. These candidates, as well as all ballot question committees that file with the director, must file a disclosure report if they receive and deposit one or more contributions of $500 or more after the 18th day, but more than 72 hours, before the date of a special, preliminary, primary or general election. The report must be filed within 72 hours of depositing the contribution(s).

Mayors and City Councillors in cities with 75,000+ populations

This schedule does not include the mayoral and city council candidates in:

  • Boston,
  • Brockton,
  • Cambridge,
  • Fall River,
  • Lawrence,
  • Lowell,
  • Lynn,
  • New Bedford,
  • Newton,
  • Quincy,
  • Somerville,
  • Springfield,
  • and Worcester.

Click on the Depository Committees tab to view the filing schedule for these candidates.

Ballot Question Committee Schedule

Statewide Committees (Question appears on a state ballot):

All existing committees organized to support or oppose a question on a state ballot are required to file periodic reports with OCPF in accordance with the following schedule:

Report YearReport TypeBegin Reporting PeriodEnd Reporting PeriodDate Due

* 72-Hour Reporting: State ballot question committees that receive and deposit contributions of $500 or more after the 18th day, but more than 72 hours, before the date of a special, preliminary, primary or general election must file a disclosure report within 72 hours of depositing the contributions received.

The Report will begin on January 1st if the committee was organized before 2016.

2016Initial11/04/2014Org. DateOrg. Date
 60 Day*Org. Date + 109/04/201609/09/2016
 20th of the Month09/05/201609/15/201609/20/2016
 5th of the Month09/16/201610/01/201610/05/2016
 20th of the Month10/02/201610/15/201610/20/2016
 5th of the Month*10/16/201611/01/201611/07/2016
 Late Contributions (Pre-Election)10/22/201611/4/2016Within 72 hours of deposit
General Election: November 8, 2016
 Nov. 20th*11/02/201611/15/201611/21/2016
 Year-End11/16/201612/31/201601/20/2017
2015Year-End01/01/201512/31/201501/20/2016
Report YearReport TypeBegin Reporting PeriodEnd Reporting PeriodDate Due
2017Year-End01/01/201712/31/201701/22/2018
2018Initial11/05/2014Org. DateOrg. Date
 60 DayOrg. Date + 109/02/201809/07/2018
 20th of the Month09/03/201809/15/201809/20/2018
 5th of the Month09/16/201810/01/201810/05/2018
 20th of the Month10/02/201810/15/201810/22/2018
 5th of the Month10/16/201811/01/201811/05/2018
 Nov. 20th11/02/201811/15/201811/20/2018
 Year-End11/16/201812/31/201801/21/2019
Report YearReport TypeBegin Reporting PeriodEnd Reporting PeriodDate Due
2014Initial11/06/2012Org. DateOrg. Date
 60 DayOrg. Date + 108/31/201409/05/2014
 20th of the Month09/01/201409/15/201409/22/2014
 5th of the Month09/16/201410/01/201410/06/2014
 20th of the Month10/02/201410/15/201410/20/2014
 5th of the Month10/16/201411/01/201411/05/2014
 Nov. 20th11/02/201411/15/201411/20/2014
 Year-End11/16/201412/31/201401/20/2015
2013Year-End01/01/201312/31/201301/21/2014
2012Initial11/02/2010Org. DateOrg. Date
 60 DayOrg. Date + 109/02/201209/07/2012
 20th of the Month09/03/201209/15/201209/20/2012
 5th of the Month09/16/201210/01/201210/05/2012
 20th of the Month10/02/201210/15/201210/22/2012
 5th of the Month10/16/201211/01/201211/05/2012
 Nov. 20th11/02/201211/15/201211/20/2012
 Year-End11/16/201212/31/201201/22/2013
2011Year-End01/01/201112/31/201101/20/2012
2010Initial11/05/2008Org. DateOrg. Date
 60 DayOrg. Date + 108/29/201009/03/2010
 20th of
the Month*
08/30/201009/15/201009/20/2010
 5th of
the Month
09/16/201010/01/201010/05/2010
 20th of
the Month
10/02/201010/15/201010/20/2010
 5th of
the Month*
10/16/201011/01/201011/05/2010
 Nov. 20th*11/02/201011/15/201011/22/2010
 Year-End*11/16/201012/31/201001/20/2011
2009Year-End01/01/200912/31/200901/20/2010
2008Initial 11/08/2006Org. DateOrg. Date
 60 DayOrg. Date + 108/31/200809/05/2008
 20th of the Month09/01/200809/15/200809/22/2008
 5th of the Month09/16/200810/01/200810/06/2008
 20th of the Month10/02/200810/15/200810/20/2008
 5th of the Month10/16/200811/01/200811/05/2008
 Nov. 20th11/02/200811/15/200811/20/2008
 Year-End11/16/200812/31/200801/20/2009

Ballot Question Independent Spending Reports 22 and 22A Reports

The requirement to file this report is set forth in M.G.L. c.55, s. 22, which is why these reports are referred to as "22 Reports." Similarly, "22A Reports" are filed by cities, towns or other governmental units who spend their resources to influence or affect the vote on a ballot question in accordance with M.G.L. c. 55, s. 22A.

In Massachusetts, if an individual or a for-profit business corporation, association, organization, or any other organized group of individuals (other than an organized political committee) makes an expenditure of $250 or more (other than a contribution to a ballot question committee) or incurs a liability of $250 or more to influence or affect the vote on any question submitted to the voters must file a report to disclose the amount or value of the expenditure or liability, the date, the purpose and the full name of the person to whom the expenditure was made or the liability incurred. A person, corporation, association, organization or group required to file a report under this section is also subject to subvendor disclosure requirements under section 18D.

If the question appears on ballots at a state election, these reports should be electronically filed with the director using the same filing schedule as State Ballot Question Committees use (see the schedule on the left). Reporting is required until all declared liabilities, if any, have been discharged.

If the question appears on ballots at a city or town election or appears on ballots for use in a city or town at a state election, the reports should be filed with the city or town clerk according to this schedule:

(1) the eighth day preceding a preliminary or primary, including a caucus, the eighth day preceding a city or town election and, if a city election, as a final report, the twentieth day of January in the following year, complete as of the thirty-first day of December of the prior year and, if a town election, as a final report, the thirtieth day following such election;

(2) the eighth day preceding a special primary, including a caucus, the eighth day preceding a special election and, as a final report, the thirtieth day following a special election; and

(3) the twentieth day of January of each year, complete as of the thirty-first day of December of the prior year, until all declared liabilities of such person or corporation, association, organization or other group of persons have been discharged.

For each report, the end of the reporting period shall be as of the tenth day preceding the last day for filing. The beginning of the reporting period for each report subsequent to the initial report shall be the day following the end of the reporting period of the last report filed.

Independent Expenditure Reporting Schedule

An independent expenditure is an expenditure made or liability incurred by an individual, group, association, corporation, labor union, political committee or other entity as payment for goods or services to expressly advocate the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate; provided, however, that the expenditure is made or incurred without cooperation or consultation with any candidate or a nonelected political committee organized on behalf of the candidate or an agent of the candidate and is not made or incurred in concert with or at the request or suggestion of the candidate, a nonelected political committee organized on behalf of the candidate or agent of the candidate.

Independent expenditures made to support or oppose state, county and Governor's Council candidates, and mayoral and city council candidates in cities with populations of 100,000 or more, file independent expenditure reports with OCPF. Independent expenditures made to support or oppose municipal candidates are disclosed with local election officials.

  • Seven-day report
    Independent expenditure reports are due within seven days after the goods or services are utilized to advocate for the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate ($250 threshold).

  • 24-hour report
    A report is due within 24 hours for any independent expenditure of $250 or more made after the 10th day, but 24 hours before, the date of an election.

IE PAC Reporting Schedule

Independent Expenditure Political Action Committees ("IEPACs") report their expenditures following the same schedule as Independent Expenditure reports but the reports also include contribution information as well as the other campaign finance information required to be disclosed by section 18. The reporting period for the first report filed begins on the date the IEPAC was organized and ends on the date of the last expenditure disclosed in the report. The reporting period for the next report begins the day following the ending date of the last report filed and ends on the date of the last expenditure disclosed. Subsquent reports follow the same schedule.

IEPACs also file a year-end report, which is cumulative for the calendar year, so the reporting period is January 1st through December 31st and is due by January 20th of the following year.

Electioneering Communication Reporting Schedule

An electioneering communication is any broadcast, cable, mail, satellite or printed communication that refers to a clearly identified candidate and is distributed within 90 days of an election.

  • Seven-day report
    Every individual, group, corporation or association that makes an electioneering communication expenditure must file an electronic report with OCPF within seven days after making the expenditure ($250 threshold). Reports are filed with the city or town clerk for communications that identify municipal candidates who do not file with OCPF.

  • 48-hour report
    A report is due within 48 hours for any electioneering communication exceeding $1,000 that is made within seven days of an election.