Lobbyists are required to report expenditures made by them or their lobbyist employers for public relations, telemarketing, polling, or similar expenses if the expenses were in any way intended, designed or calculated to influence legislation, including the adoption of any rule, rate or standard by a state agency.
At present, the PDC is relying on the following dictionary definitions:
"Public relations" means the method and activities employed in persuading the public to understand and regard favorably a person, business or institution.
"Telemarketing" means selling or advertising by telephone
"Polling" means selling or advertising by telephone.
The following types of expenditures are among those that are reportable if they are directly or indirectly intended, designed or calculated to influence legislation or rulemaking.
However, expenditures by an association or other organization to communicate with its own members are not reportable