Campaign and Political Activity
The Campaign Finance Law (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 55) does not prohibit public employees from engaging in political activity, as long as such activity: (1) is not undertaken during work hours or otherwise using public resources, and (2) does not include soliciting or receiving political contributions.
The Campaign Finance Law (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 55) prohibits all compensated state, county, and municipal employees from:
- Selling tickets to a political fundraiser or otherwise soliciting or collecting contributions in any manner, such as by phone or mail.
- Serving as treasurer of a political committee.
- Allowing the employee's name to be used in a solicitation letter or fundraising phone calls.
- Helping identify people to be targeted for political fundraising.
- Using public resources for political campaign purposes, such as influencing the nomination or election of a candidate or the passage or defeat of a ballot question.
The Massachusetts Conflict of Interest Law (MGL, Chapter 268A) prohibits all state, county and municipal employees, whether compensated or not, from:
- Using any public resources or facilities, or the state seal or coat of arms, for campaign purposes.
- Engaging in any campaign activities during normal public working hours.
- Representing a campaign (or anyone else) in connection with some matter in which the employee's own level of government (state or local) has direct or substantial interest (unless they are "special employees").
For more information, contact the Office of Campaign and Political Finance or the State Ethics Commission.