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State Limits Campaign Contributions from Unions

By Matt Murphy, State House News ServiceMay 14, 2019

BOSTON -- Unions and nonprofits will be limited to contributing $1,000 a year to a candidate for pubic office starting next month after the Office of Campaign and Political Finance submitted a new rule Thursday that will close the controversial “union loophole” in state regulation.

The rule holds unions to the same contribution limits applied to individual donors, wiping away the past practice of allowing labor groups to contribute up to $15,000 before they must register as a political action committee, even if the whole sum is given to just one candidate.

Starting May 31, contribution limits for unions will be set at $1,000 to a candidate, $500 to a political action committee and $5,000 to a political party.

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