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~~' THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS 

OFFICE OF CAMPAIGN & POLITICAL FINANCE 

ONE ASHBURTON PL^CE. ROOM 411 / 

BOSTON. MASSACHUSETTS 02108 



(617) 727-8352 

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MARY F McTIGUE 
DIRECTOR 



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December 13, 1993 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
CONTACT: James O'Reilly 
V^ (617) 727-8352 

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Office of Campaign and Political Finance enters into 
disposition agreement with former Governor Dukakis 

BOSTON - The Office of Campaign and Political Finance 
announced today that it had entered into a disposition 
agreement with former Governor Michael S. Dukakis and his 
political committee for failure to comply with the state's 
campaign finance law. 

As part of that agreement, the Dukakis Committee has made 
payments to the commonwealth which total $ 2,744.96. 

Massachusetts' campaign finance law, M.G.L. Chapter 55, 
prohibits cash contributions in excess of $50.00; prohibits 
political committees not registered under Massachusetts law 
from contributing to Massachusetts candidates; prohibits 
candidates for statewide office from contributing to any other 
candidate or political committee; , and limits contributions from 
non-statewide candidates or political committees to other 
political committees to $100.00 in a calendar year. 

in the disposition agreement, OCPF concluded that the 
Dukakis Committee accepted seven cash contributions of $100.00 
each; accepted a total of $1,059.84 from statewide candidates 
throuqh the sale or rental of computer lists or office 
furniture- received $1,185.12 in contributions from 
non-fede?al out-of-state political committees not registered 
unaer MassachSset?s law; and received a $250.00 contribution 
through the sale of a computer printer to a committee organized 
on behalf of a candidate. 



The disposition agreement, signed by Dukakis and his 
committee's treasurer, Leonard Aronson, was the result of one 
Sr 38 comprehensive audits conducted by OCPF .of candidates who 
either held or sought constitutional office in 1990. 

As part of the agreement, the Dukakis Committee agreed to 
make the following payments to the Commonwealth of 



Massachusetts : 

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— $ 350.00, which equals the portion of cash contributions 
received in excess of the statutory limit of $ 50.00; 

— $ 1,059.84, which represents the amount of contributions 
received from political committees organized on behalf of 
candidates for statewide office; 

— $ 1,185.12, which represents the amount of contributions 
received from non-federal, out-of-state political committees 
not registered under Massachusetts law; 

— $ 150.00, which equals the portion of a contribution 
received from a political committee organized on behalf of a 
candidate in excess of the statutory limit of $100.00. 

Commenting on the disposition agreement, Mary F. McTigue, 
Director of the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, said 
the issues addressed in the Dukakis case go to the heart of the 
campaign finance laws. 

"Candidates and committees need to understand that the 
sale or transfer of anything of value between political 
committees constitutes a contribution, and that contributions 
to statewide candidates and office holders are strictly 
regulated," said McTigue. 

"In addition, this agreement should be a reminder that in 
order to contribute to Massachusetts candidates, committees 
must register under Massachusetts law," she added. 

The Office of Campaign and Political Finance was 
established in 197 3 to oversee and enforce the campaign finance 
laws with respect to all candidates on the state, county and 
municipal levels. In addition, OCPF maintains campaign finance 
records for all candidates and political committees in order to 
provide disclosure of these activities to the public. 

A copy of this disposition agreement, as well as all other 
disposition agreements, is available for public inspection 
during normal business hours. 



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