December 9, 2019 •
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 […]
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.
September 13, 2011 •
Results give more complete numbers than previous studies
In T.W Farnam’s aticle, “Revolving door of employment between Congress, lobbying firms, study shows,” the Washington Post reports that LegiStorm has published a new study revealing how many U.S. lawmakers and their staffers have left to become lobbyists.
The published totals are 400 lawmakers and 5,400 staffers in the last ten years. LegiStorm also reveals the reverse process: 605 lobbyists have moved into positions as congressional staffers.
You can find LegiStorm’s announcement on their blog here.
September 13, 2011 •
YouLobby.com is coming soon
Roll Call reported last night about a new website that will be offering a way for people to have access to lobbying services. By helping people establish an advocacy campaign and start raising funds, YouLobby.com is meant to remove a common barrier people face when seeking lobbying services.
Could this become a game-changer in grassroots and other forms of lobbying?
Find out more about the story in Roll Call’s article, “Website Seeks to Help Public Hire Lobbyists” by Ambreen Ali.
September 12, 2011 •
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