Are there restrictions or prohibitions?
It is illegal for any person or entity to pay or agree to pay or otherwise compensate a person for lobbying unless that person is registered. Furthermore, a lobbyist may not:
- engage in paid lobbying before registering;
- knowingly deceive or attempt to deceive any legislator as to any fact pertaining to any pending or proposed legislation;
- cause or influence the introduction of any bill or amendment for the purpose of afterwards being employed to secure its defeat;
- knowingly represent an interest adverse to any of his/her employers without first obtaining the employer’s written consent and after full disclosure of the adverse interest,
- exercise any undue influence, extortion, or unlawful retaliation upon any legislator by reason of the legislator’s position or his vote on any pending or proposed legislation; or
- enter into an agreement, arrangement, or understanding that all or a portion of the person’s compensation is contingent upon the success of any attempt to influence legislation.