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This proposed law would limit the way in which business and certain nonprofit corporations could contribute to and spend money on campaigns involving an initiative, referendum or other question submitted to the voters at a state or local election. The proposed law would require ballot committees organized to support or oppose any question submitted to the voters to disclose promptly certain contributions made late in the campaign; would establish procedures that business and certain nonprofit corporations would have to follow in order to spend money on ballot question campaigns; and would establish voluntary spending limits for ballot committees.

The proposed law would require a ballot committee to report to the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance, within one business day of receipt, the name, address, occupation and employer of any person or organization making a contribution of $1,000 or more, if the contribution was made before the date of the election but after the closing date of the last official campaign contribution report.

Under the proposed law, business and certain nonprofit corporations would be prohibited from making contributions or expenditures to support or oppose a ballot question, but would be permitted to create and solicit contributions to a separate fund to be used to support or oppose a ballot question. A separate fund would be required for each ballot question on which the corporation intended to solicit contributions. The corporation would be required to report all amounts spent to establish and administer the fund to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, and to a city or town if the fund were established to influence the vote on a local ballot question.

Contributions to the separate fund could be solicited only from members or stockholders, officers and directors, and employees at a policymaking, managerial or professional level. Coercion, job discrimination and financial reprisals as methods of soliciting contributions would be prohibited. Nonprofit corporations that are formed for the purpose of promoting political ideas, do not engage in business activities, have no shareholders, and do not have business corporations as members or accept more than one percent of their revenues from such corporations would be exempt from these provisions. A business organization that violated these requirements could be fined up to $50,000, and any director or agent of a business organization who violates or authorizes the violation of these requirements could be fined up to $10,000 and/or imprisoned for up to one year.

The proposed law would establish voluntary spending limits for ballot committees at $1,000,000 in the year of an election, and $250,000 in the years immediately before and after an erection. Ballot committees agreeing to observe these voluntary limits would be permitted to announce their compliance on advertisements and campaign materials. Ballot committees that agreed to observe the spending limits and later exceeded the limits could be fined up to $10,000.

The proposed law states that if any of its provisions were declared invalid, the other provisions would remain in effect.

1994 Nov 8 :: State of Massachusetts :: Question 1 :: Initiative PetitionDo you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or the House of Representatives before May 4, 1994?

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Ward
Yes
No
Blank Votes Total Votes Cast Total Ballots Cast
Totals
 
9,796
10,918
1,575
20,714
22,289
Precinct 1
 
289
376
73
665
738
Precinct 2
 
355
465
86
820
906
Precinct 3
 
328
358
71
686
757
Precinct 1
 
352
386
70
738
808
Precinct 2
 
484
439
95
923
1,018
Precinct 3
 
513
471
69
984
1,053
Precinct 1
 
467
564
112
1,031
1,143
Precinct 2
 
441
482
75
923
998
Precinct 3
 
528
596
97
1,124
1,221
Precinct 1
 
341
490
84
831
915
Precinct 2
 
395
495
69
890
959
Precinct 3
 
414
509
57
923
980
Precinct 1
 
445
522
58
967
1,025
Precinct 2
 
470
593
58
1,063
1,121
Precinct 3
 
537
548
72
1,085
1,157
Precinct 1
 
697
673
51
1,370
1,421
Precinct 2
 
653
572
86
1,225
1,311
Precinct 3
 
545
518
45
1,063
1,108
Precinct 1
 
584
606
73
1,190
1,263
Precinct 2
 
429
602
97
1,031
1,128
Precinct 3
 
529
653
77
1,182
1,259
Totals
 
9,796
10,918
1,575
20,714
22,289