Frequently asked questions for new lobbyists. These questions and answers are intended to help new lobbyists get started off on the right foot and to help existing lobbyists find the information and resources they need.
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:
Any lobbyist who is required to register must also file monthly expenditure reports. These reports disclose compensation received and lobbying-related expenditures, such as entertainment, gifts, campaign contributions, and subject matter experts. Giving campaign contributions of $1,000 or more close to an election triggers additional reporting. Lobbyists who arrange for political advertising should familiarize themselves with the independent expenditure and electioneering communications disclosure requirements.
E-filing is required.
Yes. The employer has an annual filing requirement at the end of the year. Additionally, if the employer gives contributions directly to candidates that are not reported by the lobbyist, the employer must file a special monthly report. The lobbyist may report all contributions, but must report any that s/he directs or delivers.
Yes. When entertaining, you need to keep track of and report how much is spent on each person present including the people you are lobbying, their family members, their staff members, other lobbyists, and anyone else who is there to lobby. For each occasion where more than $50 is spent for food and beverage provided to a state official + family members, you must report to the official how much was spent. Reporting the cost of travel and education expenses made on behalf of a state official + family members is also required. This is accomplished using the L-2 Memo report, which should also accompany contributions.
Yes. Registration is waived if the lobbyist:
The lobbyist is paid or somehow compensated in exchange for lobbying state government: attempting to influence the passage or defeat of legislation by lobbying the governor, members of the legislature, or their staff members or lobbying a state agency to set rules, rates or standards. "Legislation" includes "any other matter that may be the subject of action" by the Legislature, so lobbying includes contacts with legislators and their staff about potential legislation as well as possibly efforts to educate them about an issue or an organization.
The lobbyist must register within 30 days of contracting to lobby or before lobbying begins, whichever happens first. The registration must be updated if any of the information changes while it is in effect. The PDC has an online filing system available for lobbyist registration and reporting.
Lobbyists' monthly expenditure reports are filed no later than the 15th of the following month. The employer's annual report must be filed no later than the last day of February. Special reports are required when you or the employer contribute $1,000 or more to a particular campaign during the week before the primary election or the three weeks before the general election.