Lobbyist registration guidelines

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Each state has different requirements for lobbyist registration. The person doing the lobbying is typically referred to as the "lobbyist" and the person or entity providing compensation the "principal." Each state houses its lobbying records, such as registrations and expenditures, in different offices.

All 50 states require lobbyists to register. Only 17 states, however, require volunteer lobbyists to register, only 24 states require principals to register, and only 17 states require lobbying firms to register.[1]

Public entity disclosure

According to a report by the Pacific Research Institute, 44 states make specific exemptions for the lobbying disclosure requirements of government entities, as opposed to lobbyists representing private entities.[2] The reasoning behind these exemptions is that lobbying is seen as a natural function of governments, although it is not clear why this would go unreported.

Guidelines in each state

Related articles

External links


  1. Sacramento Bee, "Local government lobbying costs soar in California," February 10, 2009
  2. "State-Level Lobbying and Taxpayers: How Much Do We Really Know?," Pacific Research Institute