Personal Financial Disclosure: Lobbyist Connection Requirements

6/4/2018

Most states require legislators to disclose a range of information. Some of the disclosure requirements apply to legislators' dealings with lobbyists in the same way as any other individual or business. Information on these requirements may be located on the other Financial Disclosure Requirements pages.

However, roughly half of states apply additional disclosure requirements specifically for legislators with connections to lobbyists. For example, filers may have to disclose the identities of family members who work as lobbyists. States may place additional requirements on disclosing income or gifts recieved if from a lobbyist or an employer of lobbyists.

The following table displays collected statutory provisions within disclosure rules that specifically require additional information relating to legislators' connections with lobbyists. Restrictions on receiving gifts from lobbyists are not included in this table, but may be found here.

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. All content is up to date through 6/4/2018.

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Personal Financial Disclosure: Lobbyist Connection Requirements
STATE STATUTE

Alabama

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Alaska

A legislator or legislative employee shall disclose the formation or maintenance of a close economic association involving a substantial financial matter with a registered lobbyist. Alaska Stat. Ann. § 24.60.070.

Arizona

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Arkansas

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

California

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Colorado

Legislators required disclosures include the identity of any person, firm, or organization for whom compensated lobbying is done if that lobbying is done for the benefit of the legislator. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 24-6-202.

Connecticut

Statements of financial interests shall include the name of any lobbyist, person seeking to do business with the state, or any business with which such lobbyist or person is associated, if associated with a business associated with the legislator. Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 1-83.

Delaware

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

District of Columbia

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Florida

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Georgia

Financial disclosure statements are required to include each transactions which aggregate $9,000 or more per year if the filer, a business in which the filer or a family member thereof has a substantial interest or is an officer in, has received any income from an individual represented by a lobbyist. Ga. Code Ann. § 21-5-50.

Guam

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Hawaii

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Idaho

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Illinois

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. 5 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 420/4A-102.

Indiana

For a lobbyist who is a member, officer, director, or manager of a business that employs the filer, shall disclose the name of the lobbyist and a description of the matters lobbied. Ind. Code Ann. § 2-2.2-2-3.

Iowa

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Kansas

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Kentucky

Must disclose the name of any legislative agent (lobbyist) who is a member of the filer's immediate family, a partner or a partner of an immediate family member, an officer or director of the filer's employer, an employer of the filer or family member's employer, or a business associate or family member's business associate. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 6.787.

Louisiana

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Maine

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Maryland

Must disclose gifts received from or on behalf of a regulated lobbyist, any income source that has engaged a spouse for lobbying if that spouse is a registered lobbyist. Md. Gen. Provis. § 5-607.

Massachusetts

Must disclose any source of gifts or income from an individual with a direct interest in legislative action. Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 268B, § 5.

Michigan

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Minnesota

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Mississippi

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Missouri

Must disclose the name, position, and relationship of any relative within the first degree who is a lobbyist. Mo. Ann. Stat. § 105.485.

Montana

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Nebraska

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Nevada

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

New Hampshire

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

New Jersey

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

New Mexico

Under the income disclosure requirements, filers describing income from a law practice, consulting operation, or similar type of business must disclose the names and addresses of all clients represented for lobbying purposes for the filer or the filer's spouse. N.M. Stat. Ann. § 10-16A-3.

New York

If receives income of $10,000 or more from any reportable activity, must identify each registered lobbyist who has directly referred to the filer a client from which a fee for services of $5,000 or more was received. N.Y. Pub. Off. Law § 73-a.

North Carolina

Must disclose if the filer or immediate family thereof is or has been a lobbyist or principal within the past 12 months. N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 163A-189.

North Dakota

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Ohio

Must disclose source of any gifts or income if the source is a lobbyist or the employer of a lobbyist. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 102.021.

Oklahoma

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Oregon

Each filer shall include disclose 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 family member thereof was also associated. Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 244.090.

Pennsylvania

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Puerto Rico

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Rhode Island

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

South Carolina

Must disclose the name of any lobbyist who is an immediate family member of the filer or an individual with whom or business with which the filer or a family member thereof is associated. S.C. Code Ann. § 8-13-1120.

South Dakota

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Tennessee

Must disclose if 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. Tenn. Code Ann. § 8-50-502.

Texas

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Utah

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Vermont

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Virginia

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Virgin Islands

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Washington

For the filer and each immediate family member thereof, must disclose all persons for whom any legislation, rule, rate, or standard has been prepared, promoted, or opposed for compensation. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 42.17A.710.

West Virginia

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.

Wisconsin

If the filer or a family member thereof received $1,000 or more from an individual lobbyist (or $10,000 or more to a partnership, llc, or s-corp that the filer or a family member thereof has a 10% or greater interest), then, in addition to the usual income disclosures, must identify each payer - identifying the general nature of the business is insufficient. Wis. Stat. Ann. § 19.44.

Wyoming

No particular statutes requiring legislators to disclose lobbyist connections were found.