Who has to register with OCPF?
- Statewide Offices
- The Constitutional Offices: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Secretary, State Treasurer or State Auditor.
- The General Court
- The State Legislature: Seats in the State Senate or State House.
- The Governor's Council
- One of the eight district seats of the Executive Council.
- County and District Offices
County Clerks of Court, Commissioners, and Treasurers; Registers of Deeds and Probate; District Attorneys; Sheriffs and Suffolk County Clerks
of the Superior and Supreme Judicial Courts
- City Council Seats in Cities with Populations of 65,000 or More
This includes the communities of Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Fall River, Framingham, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, New Bedford, Newton, Quincy, Somerville,
Springfield, Waltham and Worcester.
- All candidates for mayor file campaign finance reports with OCPF.
- State Political Parties
- The state committees of political parties organized under M.G.L. chapter 52, section 1.
- Local Political Parties
- Ward, town and city committees of the state political parties.
- State Ballot Question Committees
- For questions appearing on the ballot of the next state election.
- Political Action Committees
Federal or out-of-state PACs that wish to support or oppose Massachusetts candidates must organize a separate Massachusetts PAC with OCPF.
Once organized, the Massachusetts PAC must ensure that all of its fundraising activities comply with the Massachusetts campaign finance law.
Funds raised must be kept in a separate bank account established for the Massachusetts PAC. No transfers may be made from the Federal PAC or
out-of-state PAC to the Massachusetts PAC.
- Independent Expenditure Political Action Committees
A political action committee that receives contributions to make independent expenditures, and does not make contributions to candidates or
political committees, other than to other independent expenditure PACs and ballot question committees.
Who does not have to register with OCPF?
- Candidates for federal office
- Candidates for municipal office (other than those listed above)
- Municipal ballot question committees
- Municipal political action committees
These candidates and committees must register with their local election officials.