Definition

A program "addressed to the general public, a substantial portion of which is intended, designed or calculated primarily to influence state legislation." 

Sponsor's Disclosure Requirements

Any person or entity making grass roots lobbying expenditures not reported by a registered lobbyist, a candidate, or a political committee exceeding $700 in the aggregate in any one-month period or exceeding $1,400 in the aggregate in any three-month period must file a grass roots lobbying report. 

If an organization sends a notice about pending legislation to its members, or a corporation sends a similar message to its stockholders, the expenses related to these activities are not reportable as grass roots lobbying. 

However, if an organization spends over $700 in one month or over $1,400 in three months:

  • for a full-page newspaper ad supporting a bill pending in the legislature,
  • hiring a person to organize public meetings in order to influence action on issues being considered by the legislature, and/or
  • undertaking any other activity that satisfies the definition of grass roots lobbying,

then reporting is required.

The initial grass roots lobbying report (PDC Form L-6) must be filed within 30 days of becoming a sponsor of a grass roots lobbying campaign.  Thereafter, sponsors file monthly reports on the 10th of the month covering the preceding calendar month.  On the final report show that the activity is concluded. 

Lobbyists can relieve their employers from the responsibility of filing an L-6 report, by including grass roots lobbying expenditures on their L-2 reports, only if the grass roots campaign is financed out of the employer's existing funds.  If the employer conducts a special fund raising effort or accepts funds from other sources to finance the grass roots lobbying, L-6 reporting is required. 

Note that even if a lobbyist employer files an L-6 report covering grass roots lobbying activities, a lobbyist must still disclose on his or her L-2 any of his or her employer's lobbying-related expenditures for public relations, telemarketing or polling activities.  See page 9 for more information. 

L-6 Exemption

Candidates and political committees who sponsor grass roots lobbying campaigns do not need to file L-6 reports, whether they use existing funds or receive funds from outside sources.  All their contribution and expenditure activity, including that related to grass roots lobbying, is fully reported on their campaign disclosure reports (the "C" series)