|Before you search the EFS, please take a minute to determine what candidates and committees may be found
there. Most candidates and committees are required to file their reports electronically, some
depending on whether they exceed specific receipt or expenditure thresholds.|
The following candidates and committees are required to e-file:
- Candidates for constitutional (statewide) offices who raise or spend more than $50,000 in
a four-year election cycle. The constitutional, or statewide, offices are: Governor,
Lt. Governor, Attorney General, State Secretary, State Treasurer and State Auditor.
- Candidates for the Governor's Council, State Senate or House who raise or spend more
than $5,000 in a two-year election cycle.
- Committees organized to support or oppose questions on the state ballot that raise or
spend more than $25,000 in a two-year cycle.
The e-file requirement for the above candidates and committees began in January 2002.
- Political action committees, people's committees and party committees (state or
local) that raise or spend more than $10,000 in a two-year election cycle. The vast
majority of local party committees fall far below that level.
The e-file requirement for these committees began in January 2004.
- All candidates for county office, including sheriff and district attorney, and candidates
for mayor and councilor-at-large in the five cities in Massachusetts with populations of
100,000 or more (Boston, Cambridge, Lowell, Springfield and Worcester). All
candidates for these offices are required to e-file, regardless of the amounts they raise or
The e-file requirement for these candidates began in January 2005.
- All candidates for city council or alderman in the five cities in Massachusetts with
populations of 100,000 or more (Boston, Cambridge, Lowell, Springfield and Worcester).
These candidates are required to e-file, regardless of the amounts they raise or spend.
Candidates for mayor in cities with a population of 40,000 to 99,999, who raise or spend
more than $5,000 in a two or four-year election cycle (depending upon the charter of their
respective cities). Any fund established by a candidate or the candidate's committee
for legal defense, inauguration or recount expenses, must file monthly donation reports with OCPF
if the candidate who established the fund is required to file reports with OCPF.
The e-file requirement for these candidates began in January 2010.
- Some former candidates are listed on the EFS even though they are currently not seeking office.
This is due to the fact that their banks are forwarding their monthly expenditure statements to OCPF
as part of the entire batch of reports they submit regularly. The candidates are not required
to file contributor information. These candidates are sorted on the EFS according to the last
office they sought.
- Likewise, some candidates may have "expenditure-only" reports for some time periods because
their banks forwarded their monthly expenditure statements to OCPF as part of the entire batch of
reports the bank was submitting regularly, even though it was prior to the date the candidates were
required to e-file their reports, i.e., the candidates did not yet have a statutory obligation to
- Some candidates and committees agreed to voluntarily e-file reports to assist OCPF in beta-testing
the EFS. Therefore, a small number of candidates and committees have 2001 reports available for
viewing on the EFS.