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Political Involvement in Alabama

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Requirements for Political Involvement in Alabama

The term “lobbyist” includes any of the following:

  • A person who receives compensation or reimbursement from another person, group, or entity to lobby.
  • A person who lobbies as a regular and usual part of employment, whether or not any compensation in addition to regular salary and benefits is received.
  • A consultant to the state, county, or municipal levels of government or their instrumentalities, in any manner employed to influence legislation or regulation, regardless whether the consultant is paid in whole or part from state, county, municipal, or private funds.
  • An employee, a paid consultant, or a member of the staff of a lobbyist, whether or not he or she is paid, who regularly communicates with members of a legislative body regarding pending legislation and other matters while the legislative body is in session.

 

Ala. Code § 36-25-1

 

The term “lobbyist” does NOT include any of the following:

  • An elected official on a matter which involves that person’s official duties.
  • A person or attorney rendering professional services in drafting bills or in advising clients and in rendering opinions as to the construction and effect of proposed or pending legislation, executive action, or rules or regulations, where those professional services are not otherwise connected with legislative, executive, or regulatory action.
  • Reporters and editors while pursuing normal reportorial and editorial duties.
  • Any citizen not lobbying for compensation who contacts a member of a legislative body, or gives public testimony on a particular issue or on particular legislation, or for the purpose of influencing legislation and who is merely exercising his or her constitutional right to communicate with members of a legislative body.
  • A person who appears before a legislative body, a regulatory body, or an executive agency to either sell or purchase goods or services.
  • A person whose primary duties or responsibilities do not include lobbying, but who may, from time to time, organize social events for members of a legislative body to meet and confer with members of professional organizations and who may have only irregular contacts with members of a legislative body when the body is not in session or when the body is in recess.
  • A person who is a member of a business, professional, or membership organization by virtue of the person’s contribution to or payment of dues to the organization even though the organization engages in lobbying activities.
  • A state governmental agency head or his or her designee who provides or communicates, or both, information relating to policy or positions, or both, affecting the governmental agencies which he or she represents.

 

Ala. Code § 36-25-1

 

“Lobby” or “Lobbying” is the practice of promoting, opposing, or in any manner influencing or attempting to influence the introduction, defeat, or enactment of legislation before any legislative body; opposing or in any manner influencing the executive approval, veto, or amendment of legislation; or the practice of promoting, opposing, or in any manner influencing or attempting to influence the enactment, promulgation, modification, or deletion of regulations before any regulatory body. The term does not include providing public testimony before a legislative body or regulatory body or any committee thereof.

 

Ala. Code § 36-25-1

 

A “principal” is a person or business which employs, hires, or otherwise retains a lobbyist.

 

Ala. Code § 36-25-1

Every lobbyist in Alabama must register with the Alabama Ethics Commission no later than January 31st of each year, or within 10 days after the first lobbying activity. Registration is completed by submitting a Lobbyist Registration Statement for each principal, paying an annual $100 fee (unless the lobbyist is a public employee), and registering/attending the required Ethics Training Class for Lobbyists. Principals are required to submit Principal’s Statements for Lobbying Registration. Lobbyists and Principals must also submit Quarterly Statements of Lobbying Activities based on the following deadlines:

 

Months Covered                                  Due Date
January – March                                   April 30th
April – June                                            July 31st
July – September                                 October 31st
October – December                          January 31st

 

Alabama Ethics Commission: Forms & FAQs: Lobbyist/Principals Information
http://ethics.alabama.gov/forms-lobby2.aspx

 

Alabama Ethics Commission Lobbyist First-Time Registration
https://www.alabamainteractive.org/ethics_registration/NewRegistration.do

 

Lobbyist Registration Statement
http://ethics.alabama.gov/forms/2010/Reg_Form_Lobbyist_Principal_2010.pdf

 

Principal’s Statement for Lobbyist Registration
http://ethics.alabama.gov/forms/2010/PrinStatementLobbyReg.pdf

 

Quarterly Statements of Lobbying Activities
Lobbyists
http://ethics.alabama.gov/forms/form_quarterlob_fillin.pdf

Principals
http://ethics.alabama.gov/forms/form_quarter_fillin.pdf

 

Statement of Termination of Lobbying Activities
http://ethics.alabama.gov/forms/new/Termination-of-Lobbying-Activities.pdf

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