MA Forces Group To Reveal Ballot Question Donors

Jan 2, 2018

Massachusetts campaign finance officials are requiring a group that was funneling large donations to two 2016 ballot questions to disclose the identities of their donors.

Officials said Tuesday the Massachusetts-based Strong Economy for Growth raised and spent $1,168,000 on the questions. The bulk of the money — $990,000 — went to support a question that would have lifted state caps on charter schools.


The group also funneled $178,000 to a group opposed to a question to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.


The Office of Campaign and Political Finance required Strong Economy for Growth to form a ballot question committee, disclose its donors, and pay $31,000 to the state for violating campaign finance laws.


The group also agreed not to engage in any election-related activity in Massachusetts through 2018.


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