- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts election officials report a spike in civil “straw donor” cases, meant to disguise the true source of campaign contributions. Here are the forfeiture payments since 2013:

2016: Canton-based contractor: $185,000

2016: Cambridge real estate businessman: $16,000

2016: Realty and property management companies: $10,000

2016: Rhode Island LLC and Avon distributor: $10,000

2015: Bridgewater excavating contractor: $3,500

2015: Auto dealerships: $60,000

2015: Drywall contractor: $81,500

2015: Worcester law firm owners: $10,000

2015: Waste services company: $120,000

2014: Roofing contractor: $45,000

2013: Grocery store owners: $25,000

TOTAL PAYMENTS: $566,000

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Source: Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

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