~~' THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
OFFICE OF CAMPAIGN & POLITICAL FINANCE
ONE ASHBURTON PL^CE. ROOM 411 /
BOSTON. MASSACHUSETTS 02108
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MARY F McTIGUE
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
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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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