Campaign Finance Reports


Chapter 55 of Mass General Law governs the financing of political campaigns in Massachusetts. The statue requires that candidates and political committees disclose all contributions received and expenditures made. There are various limitations and prohibitions on certain sources of campaign contributions. Additionally, the manner in which campaign funds may be spent is regulated by this statue along with guidelines established by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

Chapter 28 of the Acts of 2009 made changes to the Campaign Finance Law requiring City and Town Clerks to post Campaign Finance Reports for candidates and ballot question committees when there has been $1,000 or more in activity. 

These reports, and reports for political campaigns with under $1,000 in activity, are filed in the Town Clerk's office and are available to the public.

Statement of Organization (M101)

  • Any public employee who runs for elective office and will raise funds must have a committee organized on their behalf
  • MGL Chapter 55, section 13 prohibits paid state, county, city or town employees, from political fundraising, even for their own campaign 
8th day Preceding Election Reports Must be Filed by:

  • All candidates/treasurers appearing on ballot
  • Treasurers for ballot question committees
  • Due by: October 25, 2021
Year end reports must be filed by:

  • All incumbents
  • All candidates/treasurers whose name appeared on ballot regardless of outcome
  • Treasurers of active ballot question committees
  • Treasurers of all other active candidate committees
  • Due on January 20th of the following year



What is Required for Filing with the Town Clerk? 

  • M 102 is required for all candidates who HAVE received contributions, made expenditures (includes those who have spent their own money); or incurred obligations during the reporting period, or DO have a campaign fund in existence (balance). 
  • Receipts of $50 or more must be itemized alphabetically on Schedule A; Candidates required to file an M 102 should disclose                     the disposition of assets as receipts on Schedule A
  • Expenditures of $50 or more must be itemized alphabetically on Schedule B
  • Any donations made of value (other than money) of $50 or more must be itemized on Schedule C
  • Schedule D is a cumulative schedule of ALL debts as of the last day of the reporting period
  • Click here for detailed information
  • M102-0 for candidates who HAVE NOT received contributions, made expenditures, or incurred obligations during the reporting period and DO NOT have a campaign fund in existence (balance).
The 30th day after election report is no longer required for communities who have adopted a city form of government with elections in November.

Dissolution of Committee: Treasurers are required to retain a detailed account of receipts for 6 years from the date of the relevant election.

Candidates running for Municipal Office who File Locally: Click here to access the Campaign Finance Guide

 
 

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS


2021


Town election - november 2, 2021

statement of organization


8th DAY PRECEDING ELECTION

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE


Ballot Question Committee

VOTE YES FOR OUR LIBRARY - Statement of Organization
VOTE NO - START OVER SMART - Statement of Organization


2020

YEAR-END REPORT


2019

Town Election - November 5, 2019



Statement of Organization


Lazdowski | Mills | Herrington | Pam | Nakajima

Change of Purpose


Nakajima

​Itemization of Reimbursements

Lazdowski

8th Day Preceding Election


Schroeder | Lefebvre | Demling | Burkart | Mills | Lazdowski | Nakajima | Herrington | Spitzer | Pam | McDonald | Williams
Nakajima - mid-year report

​Year-end Report

Lazdowski | Griesemer | Hanneke | Demling | Ryan | Schroeder | Boutilier (year end and dissolution) | Spitzer | Herrington
Page | McDonald | Mills | Ross | Brewer | Nakajima | DeAngelis | Edwards | DuMont | Steinberg | Pam | Bahl-Milne | Robert Pam |

Political Action and Ballot Question Committees


Amherst Forward

:  
Statement of Organization | 8th day preceding report | year end | 2019 8th day preceding report | 2019 year end

Vote No on the Charter

Dissolution

​Not This Charter: 

Year end and dissolution

2018


Town Election - November 6, 2018

8th Day Preceding Election Report


Povinelli | Schreiber (Schreiber - amended)| Reffsin | Bahl-Milne | Bobrowski | Bobrowski - amended | Brewer | DeAngelis | DuMont (Dumont - amended)| Greeney | Griesemer | Hanneke | KusnerMacLeod | Maidana | Page | Pam | Pistrang | Pistrang - amended | Ross | Ryan | Schoen | Steinberg | Swartz | Usher | Vickery | Braun | Nunez-Ortiz
 

​Dissolution

Kusner | Pistrang | Town Meeting Works | Braun | Thatcher | Nilsen | Greeney | Kruger | Schreiber | laCour | Nunez-Ortiz | Axelson-Berry
Slaughter | MacLeod | Reffsin | Usher | Bobrowski

Year End Report


Sarat | Schreiber | Williams | Povinelli | Griesemer | DeAngelis | Steinberg | Hanneke | McDonald | Herrington | Maidana | Brewer | Ryan
Schoen | Bahl-Milne | Swartz | Nunez-Ortiz | Ely | Boutilier | Axelson-Berry | Spitzer | Slaughter | Pam | MacLeod | Reffsin | Usher |
Dumont | Page | Ross | Lee | Bobrowski

Town Preliminary - September 4, 2018

Change of Purpose


Steinberg | Brewer | Vickery | Hayden



Statement of Organization 


Griesemer | Hanneke | Ross | Reffsin | Usher | Bahl-Milne | Ryan | Parker | Bobrowski | Lee | Schreiber | DeAngelis | DuMont | Page | Pistrang | Swartz | Maidana | Pam | Braun | Povinelli | Hayden | Schoen | LaCour | Maxfield | MacLeod | Nunez-Ortiz
   

8th Day Preceding Election Report


Candidates:

Kusner | Maidana | Schreiber (Schreiber - amended)| DeAngelis | Povinelli | Vickery | Hanneke | Ross | Dumont (Dumont - amended)| Swartz | Bobrowski | Greeney | PamPistrang | Page | Reffsin | Brewer | Maxfield - amended report | Bahl-Milne | MacLeod | Hayden | Ryan | Lee | Griesemer | laCour | Steinberg | Braun | Nunez-Ortiz

30th Day Post Election Report

Candidates:
Maxfield  - amended report | Swartz | Bobrowski

Year End Report 


Maxfield |

Dissolution

Amherst for All 2.0 | Maxfield | 

Annual Town Election - March 27, 2018

Statement of Organization
Candidates: McDonald | Spitzer | Herrington | Nilsen | PAC Ely & Sarat
Ballot Question Committees:   Town Meeting Works | Amherst For All 2.0 | Vote No on the Charter | Not This Charter


8th Day Preceding Election Report
Candidates:
Babian | Nilsen | McDonald | Ely | Herrington | Sarat | Axelson-Berry | Spitzer | Greeney | PAC Ely & Sarat | Herrington Correction
 
Ballot Question Committees:
Town Meeting Works | Amherst for All 2.0 | Not This Charter | Vote No on the Charter

30th Day After Election Report
Candidates:
Sarat | McDonald | Ely | PAC Ely & Sarat | PAC Ely & Sarat CPF R1 | Herrington | Axelson-Berry | Spitzer |

Ballot Question Committees:
Amherst for All 2.0 | Not This Charter | Vote No on the Charter | Not This Charter - AMENDED

 

 

2017


Annual Town Election - March 28, 2017


Statement of Organization: Demling  Demling-Revised M101| Page Greeney
   

8th Day Preceding Election


Steinberg | Kruger | Axelson-Berry | Johnson | Nakajima | Page | Demling
  

30th Day Post Election


Johnson | Lefebvre  Edwards | Demling  | Page | Page - Amendment to 30th Day | Hoffmann Lee | Krueger  | Johnson Correction | Johnson Dissolution |
Appy Dissolution | Nakajima | Axelson-Berry |
      
End of Year
Kruger Demling | Steinberg | Page | Boutilier | Axelson-Berry | Brewer | Ordonez |
Nakajima | Nakajima - Amendment to Campaign Finance Report |
  
Vote No on the Charter | Not This Charter | Amherst For All 2.0 | Town Meeting Works |
        

Special Town Election - March 28, 2017


Ballot Question Committees
Statement of Organization: Vote Yes for Amherst SASS - Referendum

8th Day Preceding Election: Vote Yes for Amherst SASS - Referendum
   
30th Day Post Election: Vote Yes for Amherst SASS - Referendum | BOLD Dissolution | Amherst For All Dissolution
   

2016


Annual Town Election 


Statement of Organization
Candidates: Ordonez | Kent O'Connor

Ballot Question Committees: 
Save Amherst Small Schools | Building Opportunities and Learning Diversity | Amherst For All Town Meeting Works
  

8th Day Preceding Election
Candidates: Brewer | Ordonez | Kent O'Connor

Ballot Question Committees:
Save Amherst Small Schools | Building Opportunities and Learning Diversity | Amherst For All Town Meeting Works
 
  
30th Day Preceding Election
Candidates: Brewer | Kent O'Connor

Ballot Question Committees:
Save Amherst Small Schools | Building Opportunities and Learning Diversity | Amherst For All Town Meeting Works
 
End of Year
Candidates: Brewer | Ordonez Kent
Incumbents: Steinberg | Boutilier Appy 

Ballot Question Committees:
Building Opportunities and Learning Diversity | Amherst For All 

Dissolution: Amherst For All
  
  
Political Action Committee - Report of Independent Expenditures Promoting Election or Defeat of Candidate(s)
Amherst For Change
Statement of Organization
Reports: 2/26/16 to 3/18/16 | 3/19/16 to 3/21/16 | 3/22/16 to 3/23/16 | 3/24/16 to 3/25/16 2/26/16 to 12/15/16 and Dissolution