April 4, 2018 •
Ask The Experts – Covering Expenditures for Site Visits
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 associated with a site visit by a government official or employee, especially if your company is a lobbyist employer or state contractor. Food, beverage, entertainment, travel, lodging, or other promotional/welcome gifts could be restricted or banned. However, many jurisdictions have specific gift exceptions allowing expenditures in conjunction with site visits. Each jurisdiction has its own requirements for gift law compliance…
For more information, be sure to check out the Gift Law and Reports Required sections of the Lobbying Compliance Laws online publication for any jurisdiction. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
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