December 9, 2019 •
New Portland, Oregon Lobbying Administrative Rules in Place
The Portland Auditor has announced administrative rule changes to the city’s lobbying regulations.
The revised rules clarify the definition of lobbying to include grassroots lobbying and attempts to gain goodwill.
Fiscal disclosures are required to include expenses related to grassroots lobbying.
The rule changes also provide guidance on governments registering as lobbying entities if certain types of lobbying occur.
Governments will be considered lobbying entities when certain outside individuals lobby on their behalf.
The regulation changes also exclude certain cultural gifts from the city’s lobbying registration and reporting requirements if the market value of the gift cannot be easily determined and declining the gift is likely to cause offense.
Additionally, the revised rules provide guidance on when lobbying groups and city officials may be fined for late filings.
The auditor’s office will issue a warning notice for late filings.
Reports must be filed within 24 hours after the deadline or a late fee will be assessed up to $500 per report.
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