Massachusetts House passes bill requiring timely PAC disclosure; boost campaign donation limit

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BOSTON — The Massachusetts House has overwhelmingly approved a bill supporters say would shine a light on donors to so-called super PACs.

The bill would also double the amount an individual could donate to a candidate in a calendar year from $500 to $1,000.

The bill would force independent expenditure political action committees to disclose their contributors within seven days of running an ad.

The legislation would also require the top five donors who give more than $5,000 to the PAC be identified in the ad. The committees operate independently of a candidate's official campaign committee.

House lawmakers voted 143-4 to approve the bill Wednesday.

Several super PACs have already been formed in Massachusetts this year.

The bill now heads to the Massachusetts Senate, which passed a similar disclosure bill in 2012.

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