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March 15, 2014

Senate passes campaign finance reporting bill

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O’Connor Ives said the legislation will strengthen integrity within city government.

“With this legislation, mayoral candidates in large cities will no longer be able to break campaign finance laws and still get on the ballot,” said O’Connor Ives. “This bill strengthens the public’s access to election information and holds accountable those candidates for public office who do not disclose donor information on time,” she said.

Finegold also said the bill will make government on the local level more transparent and accountable.

“This bill will strengthen our campaign finance laws and increase transparency in our elections by holding all candidates who file with OCPF equally accountable,” said Finegold. “It is a common sense measure, and I applaud Representative DiZoglio for taking the lead on this important issue,” he said.

The House unanimously passed the bill last November and the governor is expected to sign the bill passed yesterday.

The bill passed yesterday is similar to one filed by state Rep. Bradley Jones, a North Reading Republican who is House minority leader. Jones had previously said the intent of his bill was to close what he referred to as the “Lantigua Loophole.”

Material from State House News Service was used in this story.

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