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Political Involvement in Colorado

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Requirements for Political Involvement in Colorado

“Lobbyist” means either

  • “Professional Lobbyist,” a person, business entity, including a sole proprietorship, or an employee of a client, who is compensated by a client or another professional lobbyist for lobbying. “Professional lobbyist” does not include any volunteer lobbyist, any state official or employee acting in his official capacity, any elected public official acting in his official capacity, or any individual who appears as counsel or advisor in an adjudicatory proceeding.
  • “Volunteer Lobbyist,” any individual who engages in lobbying and whose only receipt of money or other thing of value consists of nothing more than reimbursement for actual and reasonable expenses incurred for personal needs, such as meals, travel, lodging, and parking, while engaged in lobbying or for actual expenses incurred in informing the organization making the reimbursement or the members thereof of his lobbying.

 

Colo. Rev. Stat. 24-6-301

 

A “lobbying firm” is a person or entity employing one or more professional lobbyists to lobby on behalf of a client that is not the person or entity. “Lobbying firm” includes a self-employed professional lobbyist.

 

Colo. Rev. Stat. § 24-6-301

 

“Lobbying” means communicating directly, or soliciting others to communicate, with a covered official for the purpose of aiding in or influencing

  • The drafting, introduction, sponsorship, consideration, debate, amendment, passage, defeat, approval, or veto by any covered official on:
    • Any bill, resolution, amendment, nomination, appointment, or report, whether or not in writing, pending or proposed for consideration by either house of the general assembly or committee thereof, whether or not the general assembly is in session;
    • Any other matter pending or proposed in writing by any covered official for consideration by either house of the general assembly or a committee thereof, whether or not the general assembly is in session;
  • The convening of a special session of the general assembly or the specification of business to be transacted at such special session;
  • The drafting, consideration, amendment, adoption, or defeat of any rule, standard, or rate of any state agency having rule-making authority.

 

Colo. Rev. Stat. § 24-6-301

 

“Lobbying” does NOT include

  • communications by a person who appears before a committee of the general assembly or a rule-making board or commission solely as a result of an affirmative vote by the committee, board, or commission issuing a mandatory order or subpoena commanding that the person appear and testify, or making such a person a respondent in such a proceeding whether or not the person is reimbursed by the committee, board, or commission for expenses incurred in making such appearance
  • appearances limited to giving testimony or providing information to committees of the general assembly or at public hearings of state agencies or giving testimony or providing information at the request of public officials or employees, where the person and the interest for whom they are testifying or providing information have been clearly identified
  • communications made by an attorney-at-law when such communications are made on behalf of a client whose name has been identified and when such communications constitute the practice of law subject to control by the judicial branch of the state of Colorado
  • duties performed by employees of the legislative department

 

Colo. Rev. Stat. § 24-6-301

Professional lobbyists in Colorado are required to register with and obtain a certificate of registration from the Colorado Secretary of State on or before July 15th of each year. The fee is $40, and registration is valid until the following July 1st. Volunteer lobbyists are required to register with the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives.

 

Professional lobbyists and lobbying firms in Colorado must also file: monthly financial disclosure statements within 15 days after the end of a calendar month in which any contribution or gross income for lobbying is received or any expenditure is made or incurred for lobbying; and an annual cumulative disclosure statement for the entire fiscal year on or before July 15th.

 

Colo. Rev. Stat. § 24-6-301-309, Colorado Regulation of Lobbyists
http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/info_center/laws/Title24Article6Part3.html

 

Colorado Secretary of State, Request User ID for Online Filing
http://www.sos.state.co.us/lobby/RequestUserId.do

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