BOSTON (AP) — Groups advocating for or against three statewide ballot issues spent a total of $9.3 million this year.
That’s according to a review by the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance.
The only question that was rejected by Massachusetts voters attracted the most spending. The Committee Against Physician Assisted Suicide spent $4 million of a total of $5.8 million spent on Question 2, which would have allowed patients to self-administer life-ending drugs prescribed by physicians.
Backers of Question 3, which passed, spent more than $1.1 million in support of the medical use of marijuana for certain conditions. Most of the money came from a single donor, retired Ohio insurance executive Peter Lewis.
The Massachusetts Right to Repair Committee spent nearly $2 million in support of Question 1, which will require automakers to share repair information with independent mechanics.