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Municipal Lobbying Adds Compliance Challenges
As we've previously written, lobbyists who work on the local level face a number of challenges. One of these challenges is the often quirky reporting requirements associated with municipal lobbying. A new ordinance in San Jose, California, changes the city's reporting...
Demographic Data A Rarity in Lobbyist Registrations
When I joined MultiState in 2015, I was shocked by how little information state and local governments typically require for lobbyist registration. As a professional new to the field, I thought the sign-up forms would be akin to the federal government’s top-secret...
Hawaii Revises Government Ethics Laws
Following a legislative session that saw lawmakers introduce 15 separate bills aimed at increasing accountability and clarity in government relations, Hawaii Governor David Ige (D) has signed three of the bills into law. The legislative package, with each bill enacted...
Conferences: Not Lobbying Free-for-alls
As conference season looms, government relations professionals everywhere are gearing up for extended travel to meetings across the country, including ALEC, NCSL, CSG, and NGA. Large conferences draw not only representatives of private companies and interest groups, but...
Are Nonprofit Organizations “Lobbyists”?
It can be difficult to determine if someone is engaging in lobbying activity and required to register as a lobbyist under state regulations. Under certain circumstances, a nonprofit employee can influence policy but not be required to register because they did not...
Watchdog Groups Keep an Extra Eye on State Lobbyists
Watchdog groups routinely comb through public records, state lobbyist submissions, and decisions to identify possible offenders. Earlier this year, the Politico Influence newsletter editors asked readers to keep them informed about non-registered persons sighted meeting...
Audits: Not Just for Taxes
As April approaches, we think of taxes and hope to avoid audits, but tax audits aren't the only kind we dread. State ethics offices also undertake audits related to lobbying and the registration of lobbyists, and can be just as critical and time consuming as an IRS or...
Proposed Oregon Compliance Bill: Can There Be Too Much Reporting?
Depending on where they are filed, states can require lobbying reports to include varying amounts of detail. While some states merely require lobbyists to report the subject that they lobbied during the reporting period, others stipulate that they must list the specific...
States Take Differing Approaches to “Draining the Swamp”
With legislative sessions across the country in full swing, ethics and compliance issues seem to be at the front of everyone’s mind. Perhaps spurred in part by President Donald Trump’s “drain the swamp” rallying cry, citizens and public officials are exploring increased...
An Ounce of Prevention: Understanding Campaign Finance Restrictions

New Mexico has been in the news for compliance quite a bit lately. In March, we covered upcoming changes in New Mexico’s lobbying regulations in the wake of scandal surrounding their former Secretary of State. Intended to expand transparency and accountability, the new...