By Matt Murphy | PUBLISHED: September 26, 2019 at 8:44 am | UPDATED: September 26, 2019 at 8:45 am BOSTON – A bill overhauling campaign finance rules for legislative candidates passed the House on Tuesday over the objection of Republicans and a small number of Democrats who saw the move as a “power play” by leaders to further limit the influence of Republicans on Beacon Hill. While many Republicans cheered the proposed switch to a reporting system that would require more frequent disclosures of campaign fundraising and spending, GOP leaders objected to changes in the way the director of the Office of Campaign and Political Finance is chosen. The bill would create a new commission in charge of hiring the director of OCPF that would no longer include the chairs of the Democratic and Republican parties. House Speaker Robert DeLeo and other supporters said the change would prevent a situation like the one occurring in Washington, D.C., where the Federal Elections Commission has too few members to conduct business.“I think taking party chairs, both Democrats and Republicans, out of the process is depoliticizing the process. I think it’s the right thing to do,” DeLeo said. Critics, however, said the reform… Read full this story
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