November 16, 2022 •
Louisville Passes Ordinance to Regulate Lobbying
A new city ordinance passed by Louisville, Kentucky Metro Council creates registration and disclosure requirements for lobbying. Beginning in May 2023, Ordinance 058-22 will require lobbyists and employers engaging a city official to influence executive agency decisions or legislation to […]
A new city ordinance passed by Louisville, Kentucky Metro Council creates registration and disclosure requirements for lobbying.
Beginning in May 2023, Ordinance 058-22 will require lobbyists and employers engaging a city official to influence executive agency decisions or legislation to register with the Ethics Commission within seven days of the communication.
In addition to registration, each lobbyist and employer will be required to disclose expenditures on lobbying.
The final version of the ordinance is expected to be published soon.
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 […]
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 •
LegiStorm Publishes New Study about Revolving Door
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 •
New Site Could Widen the Lobbying Field
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.
YouLobby.com has nothing on its website yet, but you can find out about the project on their Facebook and through their Twitter account, @YouLobby.
September 12, 2011 •
News You Can Use Digest – September 12, 2011
Here are highlights from the latest edition of News You Can Use:
Bipartisan Bill Would Require Transparency of Super Committee
Facing Voter Discontent, Lawmakers Skip Town Halls
Members of Debt Panel Have Ties to Lobbyists
From the States and Municipalities:
Campaign Accountant Held in Theft of Funds
Watchdog Agencies Spared as Malloy Nails Down Budget Cuts
Ethics Chief Arrives Amid Makeover
R.I. Rep. Leo Medina Is Charged with a Felony
Seattle City Employee to Be Fined for Driving City Car to Casino
Attorney: New Wisconsin ad rules too broad
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