December 6, 2013 •
Ask the Experts – Outside Organizations and Estimating Your Lobbying Expenditures
Q. Our company, a federal registrant, is a member of numerous outside organizations. We join many of these organizations for reasons other than their lobbying/government relations activities. Even so, some of the organizations allocate a percentage of dues toward lobbying activities. If we are not actively engaged in supporting the organization’s lobbying efforts, do we still need to include the lobbying allocation in our good faith estimate of lobbying expenditures.
A. Yes. The disclosure requirement in this regard is not dependent on the rationale behind why a registrant joins any given membership organization. The reporting mandate requires every registrant to track and ascertain what portion, if any, of all dues it pays is used for lobbying activities. The registrant is then required to include those allocations in their total lobbying expenses reported.
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