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Personal Financial Disclosure: Lobbyist Connection

Ethics: Personal Financial Disclosure for Legislators: Lobbyist Connection Requirements

Updated February 2014

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This table is intended to provide general information and does not necessarily address all aspects of this topic.  Because the facts of each situation may vary, this information may need to be supplemented by consulting legal advisors.  It reflects in summary form statutes in effect as of 12/31/2013 or statutes set to take effect shortly thereafter.

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STATE/Reference
Lobbyist connections required to be disclosed

Alabama

None

Alaska

24.60.070

(a) A legislator or legislative employee shall disclose to the committee, which shall maintain a public record of the disclosure and forward the disclosure to the respective house for inclusion in the journal, the formation or maintenance of a close economic association involving a substantial financial matter with…

(4) a registered lobbyist...

(b) A legislator or legislative employee required to make a disclosure under this section shall make a disclosure by the date set under AS 24.60.105 of the legislator's or legislative employee's close economic associations then in existence. A disclosure under this section must be sufficiently detailed that a reader of the disclosure can ascertain the nature of the association.

(c) When making a disclosure under (a) of this section concerning a relationship with a lobbyist to whom the legislator or legislative employee is married or who is the legislator's or legislative employee's spousal equivalent, the legislator or legislative employee shall also disclose the name and address of each employer of the lobbyist and the total monetary value received by the lobbyist from the lobbyist's employer. The legislator or legislative employee shall report changes in the employer of the spouse or spousal equivalent within 48 hours after the change. In this subsection, "employer of the lobbyist" means the person from whom the lobbyist received amounts or things of value for engaging in lobbying on behalf of the person.

See also "Occupation/Income" and "Creditors/ Debtors."

Arizona

None

Arkansas

None

California

None

Colorado

24-6-202

24-6-203

2) Disclosure shall include

(e) The identity, by name, of any person, firm, or organization for whom compensated lobbying is done by any person associated with the person making disclosure if the benefits of such compensation are or may be shared by the person making disclosure, directly or indirectly...

Connecticut

1-83

(b) (1) The statement of financial interests, except as provided in subdivision (2) of this subsection, shall include the following information for the preceding calendar year in regard to the individual required to file the statement and the individual's spouse and dependent children residing in the individual's household:

(H) a description of any partnership, joint ownership or similar business affiliation between (i) a business included under subparagraph (A) of this subdivision with which the individual filing the statement, the individual's spouse or a dependent child of the individual is associated, and (ii) a lobbyist, a person that the individual filing the statement knows or has reason to know is doing business with or seeking to do business with the state or is engaged in activities that are directly regulated by the department or agency in which the individual is employed, or a business with which such lobbyist or person is associated

Delaware

None

District of Columbia

N/A

Florida

None

Georgia

None

Guam

 N/A

Hawaii

None

Idaho

No financial disclosure requirements

Illinois

5ILCS 420/4A-102

 

(b) The following interests shall also be listed by persons listed in items (a) through (f), item (l), item (n), and item (p) of Section 4A-101: 
(3) The identity of any compensated lobbyist with whom the person making the statement maintains a close economic association, including the name of the lobbyist and specifying the legislative matter or matters which are the object of the lobbying activity, and describing the general type of economic activity of the client or principal on whose behalf that person is lobbying.

Indiana

IC-2-2.1-3-2

Sec. 2. (a) Not later than seven (7) calendar days following the first session day in January of each year every member of the general assembly shall file with the principal clerk of the house or secretary of the senate, respectively, a written statement of the member's or candidate's economic interests for the preceding calendar year listing the following:

(7) The name of any lobbyist who is:
(A) a member of a partnership or limited liability company;
(B) an officer or a director of a corporation; or
 (C) a manager of a limited liability company; of which the member of or candidate for the general assembly is a partner, an officer, a director, a member, or an employee, and a description.

Iowa

None

Kansas

None

Kentucky

KRS 6.787

(2) The statement shall include the following information for the preceding calendar year:
(k) The name of any legislative agent who is:
1. A member of the filer's immediate family;
2. A partner of the filer, or a partner of a member of the filer's immediate family;
3. An officer or director of the filer's employer;
4. An employer of the filer or an employer of a member of the filer's immediate family; or
5. A business associate of the filer or a business associate of a member of the filer's immediate family;

(l) The names of any of the filer's clients who are legislative agents or employers; and

Louisiana

42:1124.2

C. The financial statement required by this Section shall be filed on a form prescribed by the Board of Ethics and shall include the following information for the preceding calendar year:
(9) The name and address of each creditor, and name of each guarantor, if any, to whom the individual or spouse owes any liability which exceeds ten thousand dollars on the last day of the reporting period excluding:
(e) Any loan from an immediate family member, unless such family member is a registered lobbyist, or his principal or employer is a registered lobbyist, or he employs or is a principal of a registered lobbyist, or unless such family member has a contract with the state.

Maine

None

Maryland

See "Gifts/ Honoraria."

Massachusetts

Part IV Title I
Chapter 268B
Section 5

(g) Reporting persons shall disclose, to the best of their knowledge, the following information for the preceding calendar year, or as of the last day of said year with respect to the information required by clauses (2), (3) and (6) below; such persons shall also disclose the same information with respect to their immediate family provided, however, that no amount need be given for such information with regard to the reporting person’s immediate family:

(4) the name and address of the source, and the cash value of any reimbursement for expenses aggregating more than one hundr#EEԝ^@i!~%azPŴ hMcu  Qement is a legislative agent; or if the recipient is a public official and the source of such reimbursement is a person having a direct interest in legislation, legislative action, or a matter before a governmental body; or if the recipient is a public employee and the source of such reimbursement is person having a direct interest in a matter before the governmental body by which the recipient is employed;

(5) the name and address of the donor, and the fair market value, if determinable, of any gifts aggregating more than one hundred dollars in the calendar year, if the recipient is a public official and the source of such gift(s) is a person having a direct interest in legislation, legislative action, or a matter before a governmental body; or if the recipient is a public employee and the source of such gift(s) is a person having a direct interest in a matter before the governmental body by which the recipient is employed;

Michigan

No financial disclosure requirements

Minnesota

None

Mississippi

None

Missouri

105.485

2. Each person required to file a financial interest statement pursuant to subdivisions (1) to (12) of section 105.483 shall file the following information for himself, his spouse and dependent children at any time during the period covered by the statement, whether singularly or collectively;

(11) The name, position and relationship of any relative within the first degree of consanguinity or affinity to any other person who:
(a) Is employed by the state of Missouri, by a political subdivision of the state or special district, as defined in section 115.013, RSMo, of the state of Missouri;
(b) Is a lobbyist; or
(c) Is a fee agent of the department of revenue

Montana

None

Nebraska

None

Nevada

None

New Hampshire

None

New Jersey

None

New Mexico

10-16A-3

(C) The financial disclosure statement shall include for any person identified in Subsection A or B of this section and the person's spouse the following information for the prior calendar year:
2) all sources of gross income of more than five thousand dollars ($5,000) to each person covered in the disclosure statement, identified by general category descriptions that disclose the nature of the income source, in the following broad categories: law practice or consulting operation or similar business, finance and banking, farming and ranching, medicine and health care, insurance (as a business and not as payment on an insurance claim), oil and gas, transportation, utilities, general stock market holdings, bonds, government, education, manufacturing, real estate, consumer goods sales with a general description of the consumer goods and the category "other", with direction that the income source be similarly described. In describing a law practice, consulting operation or similar business of the person or spouse, the major areas of specialization or income sources shall be described, and if the spouse or a person in the reporting person's or spouse's law firm, consulting operation or similar business is or was during the reporting calendar year or the prior calendar year a registered lobbyist under the Lobbyist Regulation Act [Chapter 2, Article 11 NMSA 1978], the names and addresses of all clients represented for lobbying purposes during those two years shall be disclosed...

New York

Legislative Law 1-e and 1-j

Legislators are not required to file any such statement, however lobbyists and lobbyist clients are required to disclose "reportable business relationships" with public officials, including legislators.

(a) (1)  Every  lobbyist shall annually file with the commission, on forms provided by the commission, a statement of registration for each calendar year…
(c) Such statement of registration shall contain: 

(8) (i) the name and public office address of any statewide elected official, state officer or employee, member of the legislature or legislative employee and entity with whom the lobbyist has a reportable business relationship; (ii) a description of the general subject or subjects of the transactions between the lobbyist or lobbyists and the statewide elected official, state officer or employee, member of the legislature or legislative employee and entity; and (iii) the compensation, including expenses, to be paid and paid by virtue of the business relationship.

b) Such report shall be filed with the commission, on  forms supplied by  the commission, by the fifteenth day  of July of the year and by the fifteenth day of January  next following the year for which such report is made and shall contain: 

(6) (i) the name and public office address of any statewide elected official, state officer or employee, member of the legislature or legislative employee and entity with whom the client of a lobbyist has a reportable business relationship; (ii) a description of the general subject or subjects of the transactions between the client of a lobbyist and the statewide elected official, state officer or employee, member of the legislature or legislative employee and entity; and (iii) the compensation, including expenses, to be paid and paid by virtue of the business relationship.

Legislative Law 1-c, definitions.

(w) The term "reportable business relationship" shall mean a relationship in which compensation is paid by a lobbyist or by a client of a lobbyist, in exchange for any goods, services or anything of value, the total value of which is in excess of one thousand dollars annually, to be performed or provided by or intended to be performed or provided by (i) any statewide elected official, state officer, state employee, member of the legislature or legislative employee, or (ii) any entity in which the lobbyist or the client of a lobbyist knows or has reason to know the statewide elected official, state officer, state employee, member of the legislature or legislative employee is a proprietor, partner, director, officer or manager, or owns or controls ten percent or more of the stock of such entity (or one percent in the case of a corporation whose stock is regularly traded on an established securities exchange).
 

North Carolina

138A-24

(a) Any statement of economic interest filed under this Article shall be on a form prescribed by the Commission and sworn to by the filing person. Answers must be provided to all questions. The form shall include the following information about the filing person and the filing person's immediate family:

(12) A statement of whether the filing person or the filing person's immediate family is or has been a lobbyist or lobbyist principal registered under Chapter 120C of the General Statutes within the preceding 12 months.

North Dakota

None

Ohio

102.02,102.021

(A) The disclosure statement shall include all of the following:
(10) If the disclosure statement is filed by a public official or employee described in division (B)(2) of section 101.73 of the Revised Code or division (B)(2) of section 121.63 of the Revised Code who receives a statement from a legislative agent, executive agency lobbyist, or employer that contains the information described in division (F)(2) of section 101.73 of the Revised Code or division (G)(2) of section 121.63 of the Revised Code, all of the nondisputed information contained in the statement delivered to that public official or employee by the legislative agent, executive agency lobbyist, or employer under division (F)(2) of section 101.73 or (G)(2) of section 121.63 of the Revised Code.
(2) The statement referred to in division (A)(1) of this section shall describe the source of all income received, in the former state elected officer’s or staff member’s own name or by any other person for the person’s use or benefit, and briefly describe the nature of the services for which the income was received if the source of the income was any of the following:
(a) An executive agency lobbyist or a legislative agent;
(b) The employer of an executive agency lobbyist or legislative agent, except that this division does not apply if the employer is any state agency or political subdivision of the state;
(c) Any entity, association, or business that, at any time during the two immediately preceding calendar years, was awarded one or more contracts by one or more state agencies that in the aggregate had a value of one hundred thousand dollars or more, or bid on one or more contracts to be awarded by one or more state agencies that in the aggregate had a value of one hundred thousand dollars or more.
(3) If the former state elected officer or staff member received no income as described in division (A)(2) of this section, the statement referred to in division (A)(1) of this section shall indicate that fact.
(4) If the former state elected officer or staff member directly or indirectly made, either separately or in combination with another, any expenditure or gift for transportation, lodging, or food or beverages to, at the request of, for the benefit of, or on behalf of any public officer or employee, and if the former state elected officer or staff member would be required to report the expenditure or gift in a statement under sections 101.70 to 101.79 or sections 121.60 to 121.69 of the Revised Code, whichever is applicable, if the former state elected officer or staff member was a legislative agent or executive agency lobbyist at the time the expenditure or gift was made, the statement referred to in division (A)(1) of this section shall include all information relative to that gift or expenditure that would be required in a statement under sections 101.70 to 101.79 or sections 121.60 to 121.69 of the Revised Code if the former state elected officer or staff member was a legislative agent or executive agency lobbyist at the time the expenditure or gift was made.
(5) If the former state elected officer or staff member made no expenditure or gift as described in division (A)(4) of this section, the statement referred to in division (A)(1) of this section shall indicate that fact.

Oklahoma

Rule 257:15-1-7

(a) A statement of financial interests of candidates, members of the Commission, and filers who receive compensation from the state, excluding public members who are members of boards of regents within the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, must contain full and complete information concerning the following:
(1) the name, birth date, mailing address, and work place telephone number of the filer;
(5) the name of any registered lobbyist or lobbyist principal with whom the filer has engaged in business from which income exceeding five thousand dollars ($5,000) in amount or value was received, provided that the following shall not be required:
(A) the name of any registered lobbyist or lobbyist principal with whom the filer's employer, its subsidiaries, or parent company is engaged in business; and
(B) the name of any director, stockholder, partner, agent, affiliate, member, employee or officer of a lobbyist principal with whom the filer is engaged in business;

Oregon

244.090

(1) Each public official or candidate required to file a statement of economic interest under this chapter shall include on the statement the name of any compensated lobbyist who, during the preceding calendar year, was associated with a business with which the public official or candidate or a member of the household of the public official or candidate was also associated.

(2) Subsection (1) of this section does not apply if the only relationship between the public official or candidate and the lobbyist is that the public official or candidate and lobbyist hold stock in the same publicly traded corporation. (3) As used in this section, “lobbyist” has the meaning given that term in ORS 171.725.

See "Occupation/ Income," "Creditors/ Debtors," "Business Associations."

Pennsylvania

None

Puerto Rico

N/A

Rhode Island

None

South Carolina

Article 11
Section 8-13-1120

(A) A statement of economic interests filed pursuant to Section 8-13-1110 must be on forms prescribed by the State Ethics Commission and must contain full and complete information concerning:

 

(7) the name of any lobbyist, as defined in Section 2-17-10(13) who is:

(a) an immediate family member of the filer;
(b) an individual with whom or business with which the filer or a member of the filer's immediate family is associated;

South Dakota

None

Tennessee

8-50-502

(3)  Any person, firm, or organization for whom compensated lobbying is done by any associate of the person making disclosure, that person's spouse, or minor children residing with the person making disclosure, or any firm in which the person making disclosure or they hold any interest, complete to include the terms of any such employment and the measure or measures to be supported or opposed

Texas

A state officer who receives a fee for services rendered by the officer to or on behalf of a person required to be registered under Chapter 305, or to or on behalf of a person or entity that the officer actually knows directly compensates or reimburses a person required to be registered under Chapter 305, shall report on the financial statement the name of each person or entity for which the services were rendered and the category of the amount of each fee.

Utah

Joint Rules 16.05A

Utah has unique financial disclosure requirements.

Vermont

No financial disclosure requirements

Virginia

30-111

Names of businesses in which >3 % ownership held that employ lobbyists. Names of lobbyists with which a legal, consulting or public relations agreement is held, regardless of whether payment is exchanged. For both, state nature, dates of relationship. This disclosure shall not be a breach of attorney/client privilege.

Washington

42.17A.710

(1) The statement of financial affairs required by RCW 42.17.240 shall disclose for the reporting individual and each member of his or her immediate family:
(e) All persons for whom any legislation, rule, rate, or standard has been prepared, promoted, or opposed for current or deferred compensation: For the purposes of this subsection, "compensation" does not include payments made to the person reporting by the governmental entity for which such person serves as an elected official or state executive officer or professional staff member for his service in office; the description of such actual or proposed legislation, rules, rates, or standards; and the amount of current or deferred compensation paid or promised to be paid...

West Virginia

None

Wisconsin

(e) The identity of each payer from which the individual who is required to file or a member of his or her immediate family received $1,000 or more of his or her income for the preceding taxable year, except that if the individual who is required to file identifies the general nature of the business in which he or she or his or her immediate family is engaged, then no identification need be made of a decedent’s estate or an individual, not acting as a representative of an organization, unless the individual is a lobbyist as defined in s. 13.62. In addition, no identification need be made of payers from which only dividends or interest, anything of pecuniary value reported under s. 19.56 or reportable under s. 19.57, or political contributions reported under ch. 11 were received.
(f) If the individual who is required to file or a member of his or her immediate family received $1,000 or more of his or her income for the preceding taxable year from a partnership, limited liability company, corporation electing to be taxed as a partnership under subchapter S of the internal revenue code or service corporation under ss. 180.1901 to 180.1921 in which the individual or a member of his or her immediate family, severally or in the aggregate, has a 10% or greater interest, the identity of each payer from which the organization received $1,000 or more of its income for its preceding taxable year, except that if the individual who is required to file identifies the general nature of the business in which he or she or his or her immediate family is engaged then no identification need be made of a decedent’s estate or an individual, not acting as a representative of an organization, unless the individual is a lobbyist as defined in s. 13.62. In addition, no identification need be made of payers from which dividends or interest are received.

See "Occupation/ Income."

Wyoming

None

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