According to campaign finance reports from the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, donors for some 94% of outside money in the 2010 state elections and 75% in 2012 were not publicly disclosed. This was unacceptable for a working democracy, and why we fought to get the Massachusetts Disclosure Act passed in 2013 and 2014.
Thanks to your support, we succeeded! The new law closes loopholes that allowed donors to secretly influence our elections, giving voters more information to make informed decisions, decreasing opportunities for corruption, and increasing our ability to hold outside spending groups accountable.
Key Provisions of MA Disclose
- Disclose money at its source: Closes a loophole that allowed corporations, organizations, and individuals to avoid disclosure by funneling funds through intermediary groups.
- Disclose paid Internet and email advertisements: Requires disclosure of Internet and email advertisements.
- Disclose the top five funders: Requires organizations to list their top five contributors in the actual TV or print advertisements.
- Disclose in real-time: Requires municipal Super PACS disclose their donors within 7 days of running a paid advertisement, rather than after the election as before the new law.
What else we need to still do:
The 2014 election immediately after the passage of MA disclose showed there were still some loopholes to close and improvements to be made. Here's what we're working on to update the law now.
- H. 543, Introduced by Rep. Bradley - Expands disclosure requirements to include top 5 donors on direct mailing and billboards in campaigns.
- H. 548, Introduced by Rep. Cutler - Requires disclosure for all groups making electioneering communications, whether funds were raised specifically for that purpose or not.
- H. 537 and S. 213, Introduced by Rep. Atkins and Sen. Eldridge - Make corporations accountable for their political spending through required recorded votes and disclosure.