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March 3, 2021  •  

Ask The Experts: Gifts of Aloha

Q: The Hawaii State Ethics Commission just released updates to their administrative rules. As a registered lobbyist in the state, how do these changes affect me? A: First, the Ethics Commission’s changes clarify gift rules for registered lobbyists and their […]

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Before I can make a political contribution using my own funds, my employer requires that I obtain permission first.  Can my employer legally do this?   Yes, employers may require employees to seek preapproval before making personal political contributions. Not only […]

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Q. As a company, we would like to organize site visits for agency officials, so they can better understand our company and industry.  Can we cover expenditures for these visits? A. State and local gift restrictions will apply to company expenditures […]

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Q. I’m an in-house lobbyist planning to meet with California legislators to influence state government action. If I go to the meeting accompanied by a registered lobbyist, isn’t my time at the meeting exempt from counting toward the lobbyist registration […]

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Q: I have been out of the office on an extended vacation.  I just noticed a reminder e-mail that I have a lobbying report due today that cannot be filed electronically.  What are my options? A: You still have the ability to […]

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Q. We file our federal LD-2 quarterly lobbying reports under the IRC definitions.  Does the IRC 5 percent de minimus rule apply to capturing reportable expenditures on our quarterly LD-2 disclosure? A. In short, yes, but with a caveat.  If your […]

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Q.  Can a PAC from one state make contributions to candidates and ballot measures in a different state? A.  Yes, an out-of-state PAC may make contributions in a different state, but it must be aware of the state laws governing […]

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Q. Can I use my company’s federal PAC to make contributions to candidates for state office? A. With the exception of Massachusetts, contributions from a federal PAC to non-federal state candidates are permissible.  However, the challenging aspect of making these […]

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Q: Our company is a registered lobbyist employer in many states, and we regularly do business with universities. Can my company give gifts to university officials and employees? A: Gifts to university officials and employees fall under the purview of […]

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September 2, 2016  •  

Ask the Experts!

Q. My company has registered lobbyists and is a member of local and regional associations in numerous states. Are there any unique disclosure requirements due to these circumstances? A. You should always consider a couple of different aspects of reporting with […]

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Q. Our company is active and registered as a lobbyist employer in several states. What are best practices for record-keeping? What will we need to access and keep in the event of a state audit? A. Each state takes a […]

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Q. When I talk to state officials, I’m always with my registered contract lobbyists. That means I’m exempt from registering, correct? A. The kind of exemption you are referring to is commonly called an umbrella exception. In most instances, being […]

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Q. My employer is a wholly owned subsidiary of a parent corporation.  Does a parent corporation, a subsidiary, or other affiliated entity have its own contribution limit or must the contributions be aggregated and have a shared limit? A. This […]

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