GAO’s Report on Lobbying Compliance for 2023 - State and Federal Communications

April 2, 2024  •  

GAO’s Report on Lobbying Compliance for 2023

United States Government Accountability Office

On April 1, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its audit of federal lobbying compliance for 2023.

For the audit, the GAO reviewed a random sample of 98 quarterly disclosure reports filed for the third and fourth quarters of calendar year 2022 and the first and second quarters of calendar year 2023.

They also reviewed random samples of 160 LD-203 reports for the year-end 2022 and midyear 2023 reports.

Among its findings, the GAO concluded 97% of filers of lobbying disclosure reports were able to provide documentation to support reported income and expenses, 7% of LD-203 reports were missing reportable contributions, and 94% of lobbyists who filed new registrations also filed LD-2 reports as required for the quarter in which they first registered.

The audit estimates at least 23% of all lobbying disclosure reports did not properly disclose formerly held covered positions.

The 56-page report is titled “2023 Lobbying Disclosure: Observations on Compliance with Requirements.”

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