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Q. Many of the state legislatures I lobby are currently in session. Does this affect when my lobbying reports are due? A. While some states have reporting schedules that do not vary from year to year, others tie their lobbyist […]

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Q. With the start of the New Year, are there any changes I should be aware of in political contribution limits?  A. Aside from changes as a result of new legislation, the most common adjustment of contribution limits is indexing […]

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Q. I will be having meetings with state legislators to introduce myself and my employer. I do not have any legislation of interest yet, though I anticipate that I will. Will this require lobbyist registration? A. Goodwill lobbying is covered […]

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Q. For federal income tax purposes, our organization has been using the aggregate amounts reported on our quarterly LD-2 lobbying activity report as our nondeductible lobbying expenses.  Can the expenditures we compile for LDA reporting be used interchangeably for tax […]

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Q. I am a registered lobbyist and have been asked to serve on a state board. Are there any laws preventing me from serving? A. Generally, there are no laws preventing a registered lobbyist from serving on a state board […]

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Q. I am a registered lobbyist, and I receive a contingency fee as part of my compensation.  Should I be worried? A. In a majority of jurisdictions, there are express provisions prohibiting registered lobbyists from receiving a contingency-based fee.  Every […]

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Q. I provided a state legislator with a permissible gift.  I will be sure to include it on my next report.  Is there anything else I need to know regarding proper disclosure of this expenditure. A. There are sometimes additional […]

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Q. Several employees from my organization engage in selling to the states.  Do they have any lobbyist registration or reporting requirements? A. The answer to your inquiry depends on two things:  first, does the state regulate procurement lobbying, and second, […]

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Q. Do gift laws preventing registered lobbyists and employers from giving gifts to public officials, also prohibit gifts to the family members of public officials? A. Generally, in states that feature a prohibition on lobbyists giving gifts to public officials […]

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Q. To streamline LDA tracking and reporting, our company includes 100 percent of our in-house lobbyists’ compensation as lobbying on our quarterly report.  Is this a reasonable approach? A. The LDA does not contain any special tracking requirements for reporting […]

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Q. I am currently a registered lobbyist who files reports on a monthly basis.  I incurred a permissible meal expenditure on a covered official at the end of last month.  However, I did not pay for the expenditure until I […]

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Q. My company is planning to get more engaged on the local level. What are some things I need to consider? A. There are many considerations for a company prior to engaging on the local level. To ensure you are […]

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  Q. I am a registered lobbyist and on occasion I use my personal funds to make political contributions, as does my spouse.  Are there states that prohibit such activity? A. A lobbyist, simply by virtue of his or her […]

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Q. When must direct corporate political contributions be disclosed? A. At least 15 states require some sort of corporate contribution disclosure, whether it be on a campaign finance statement or lobbyist/employer disclosure report. Campaign finance reports typically require an annual […]

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