The Right to Repair Coalition and the Coalition for Safe and Secure Data received a combined $51.5 million in contributions this election cycle, making Massachusetts Question 1 the most expensive measure in the state for at least the last 15 years.
Final campaign finance reports for Massachusetts 2020 ballot measure committees were filed Jan. 20.
Question 1 amended a 2013 “right to repair" law. The amended question required manufacturers that sell vehicles with telematics systems in Massachusetts to equip them with a standardized system beginning with model year 2022.
Vehicle owners and independent repair facilities may access the standardized system to retrieve mechanical data and run diagnostics through a mobile-based application. It was approved by a margin of 74.97% to 25.03%.
The Right to Repair Coalition, the sponsor of Question 1, reported $24.9 million in contributions. The top donors to the campaign included:
- Auto Care Association ($4.6 million)
- Coalition of Automotive Repair Equality ($4.2 million)
- AutoZone ($3 million)
- O’Reilly Auto Parts ($3 million)
- Advance Auto Parts ($3 million)
- Genuine Parts Company ($3 million)
The Coalition for Safe and Secure Data registered in opposition to Question 1 and reported $26.6 million in contributions. The top donors to the campaign included:
- General Motors ($5.5 million)
- Toyota Motor North America, Inc ($4.5 million)
- Ford Motor Company ($4.5 million)
- American Honda Motor Co., Inc ($3.0 million)
- Nissan North America Inc. ($2.4 million)
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