Blue Mass Group seems to be holding an illegal raffle for Barack Obama’s Deval Patrick fundraiser

Blue Mass Group is holding an illegal raffle for Deval Patrick.

Massachusetts law states that political committees cannot hold raffles for events.  The Office of Campaign and Political Finance has issued the following legal memorandum regarding this:


Issued: July 1989

Revised: April 26, 1995


TO: Interested Persons

FROM: Michael J. Sullivan

SUBJECT: Information on Raffles for Candidates and Political Committees – M.G.L. c. 271, 7A

Massachusetts General Law chapter 271, section 7A governs the conduct of all raffles. The Office of the Attorney General is responsible for interpreting and enforcing this law.

According to the Attorney General, political committees may not conduct raffles. Specifically, the Attorney General has written to city and town clerks advising that:

The law states that any organization that wants to hold a raffle . . . must obtain a permit from their city or town clerk. The law only allows clerks to issue permits to six specific types of organizations. . . Political committees are not listed in the statute and may not be issued permits and, therefore, may not hold raffles . . . Moreover, fundraising for political purposes through raffles . . . is also prohibited by c. 271, s. 7A, and by the regulations issued concerning raffles . . . (961 CMR 4.00). See May 14, 1992 letter to City and Town Clerks from Attorney General Harshbarger. (Emphasis added).

If you have any questions regarding raffles, please contact the Office of the Attorney General, Room 2100, One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108 Attention: Elections Division (617) 727-2200.

One randomly selected donor means you’ve got to pay to play. Which means they are selling in effect tickets. This is not allowed, in fact I’ve had to dissuade multiple town committees from doing this. The law is the law.

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