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Political Involvement in Georgia

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Requirements for Political Involvement in Georgia

“Lobbying” means the activity of a lobbyist while acting in that capacity.

 

Ga. Code § 21-5-70(4): Definitions

 

“Lobbyist” means:

  • Any natural person who, either individually or as an employee of another person, receives or anticipates receiving more than $250.00 per calendar year in compensation or reimbursement or payment of expenses specifically for undertaking to promote or oppose the passage of any legislation by the General Assembly, or any committee of either chamber or a joint committee thereof, or the approval or veto of legislation by the Governor
  • Any natural person who makes a lobbying expenditure of more than $1,000.00 in a calendar year, not including the person’s own travel, food, lodging expenses, or informational material, to promote or oppose the passage of any legislation by the General Assembly, or any committee of either chamber or a joint committee thereof, or the approval or veto of legislation by the Governor
  • Any natural person who, either individually or as an employee of another person, is compensated specifically for undertaking to promote or oppose the passage of any ordinance or resolution by a public officer, or any committee of such public officers, or the approval or veto of any such ordinance or resolution
  • Any natural person who makes a lobbying expenditure of more than $1,000.00 in a calendar year, not including the person’s own travel, food, lodging expenses, or informational material, to promote or oppose the passage of any ordinance or resolution by a public officer, or any committee of such public officers, or the approval or veto of any such ordinance or resolution
  • Any natural person who as an employee of the executive branch or judicial branch of local government undertakes to promote or oppose the passage of any ordinance or resolution by a public officer, or any committee of such public officers, or the approval or veto of any such ordinance or resolution
  • Any natural person who as an employee of the executive branch or judicial branch of local government undertakes to promote or oppose the passage of any ordinance or resolution by a public officer, or any committee of such public officers, or the approval or veto of any such ordinance or resolution
  • Any natural person who, for compensation, either individually or as an employee of another person, is hired specifically to undertake influencing a public officer or state agency in the selection of a vendor to supply any goods or services to any state agency but does not include any employee or independent contractor of the vendor solely on the basis that such employee or independent contractor participates in soliciting a bid or in preparing a written bid, written proposal, or other document relating to a potential sale to a state agency and shall not include a bona fide salesperson who sells to or contracts with a state agency for goods or services and who does not otherwise engage in lobbying activities
  • Any natural person who, either individually or as an employee of another person, is compensated specifically for undertaking to promote or oppose the passage of any rule or regulation of any state agency
  • Any natural person who, either individually or as an employee of another person, is compensated specifically for undertaking to promote or oppose any matter before the State Transportation Board, or
  • Any natural person who makes a lobbying expenditure of more than $1,000.00 in a calendar year, not including the person’s own travel, food, lodging expenses, or informational material, to promote or oppose any matter before the State Transportation Board

 

Ga. Code § 21-5-70(5): Definitions

 

“Expenditure” means a purchase, payment, distribution, loan, advance, deposit, or conveyance of money or anything of value made for the purpose of influencing the actions of any public officer, specifically including any such transaction which is made on behalf of or for the benefit of a public employee for the purpose of influencing a public officer. “Expenditure” includes:

  • any other form of payment when such can be reasonably construed as designed to encourage or influence a public officer
  • reimbursement or payment of expenses exceeding $75.00 provided to a public officer from any individual lobbyist for transportation, travel, lodging, registration, food, and beverages
  • any gratuitous transfer, payment, subscription, advance, or deposit of money, services, tickets for admission to athletic, sporting, recreational, musical concert, or other entertainment events, or anything of value, unless consideration of equal or greater than face value is received
  • reimbursement or payment of expenses for recreational or leisure activities

 

“Expenditure” does not include anything defined as a “lobbying expenditure.”

 

Ga. Code § 21-5-70(1): Definitions

 

“Lobbying expenditure” means:

  • Promotional items generally distributed to the general public or to public officers and food and beverages produced in Georgia
  • An award, plaque, certificate, memento, or similar item given in recognition of the recipient’s civic, charitable, political, professional, or public service
  • Discounts, upgrades, memberships, or other accommodations extended by a business to a bona fide customer; or legitimate salary, benefits, fees, commissions, or expenses associated with a recipient’s nonpublic business, employment, trade, or profession
  • Food, beverages, and registration at group events to which all members of an agency are invited
  • Campaign contributions or expenditures
  • Reimbursement or payment of actual and reasonable expenses provided to a public officer and his or her necessary public employee staff members for such public officer’s and staff members’ individual transportation, lodging, travel, and registration for attending educational, informational, charitable, or civic meetings or conferences that are held at locations within the United States and directly relate to the official duties of that public officer or the office of that public officer, plus food and beverages for such public officer, his or her necessary public employee staff members, and spouse while attending such educational, informational, charitable, or civic meetings or conferences

 

Ga. Code § 21-5-70(4.1): Definitions

No person may engage in lobbying in Georgia without first registering with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission by submitting a Lobbyist Registration Application (Form CFCLOB) and obtaining access to the E-Filing System by submitting a Lobbyist Electronic Filing Access Code Form (Form LPIN).

 

There are four different lobbyist categories in Georgia: state level, state agency level, local level, and vendor level. During lobbyist registration, an individual can choose to register at any and all lobbyist levels as appropriate for his or her intended lobbying activities.

 

As of 2014, lobbyists must pay a $20 badge fee and a $10 supplemental registration fee for each additional group. Lobbyist registrations expire on December 31st of each year and must be renewed annually through the E-Filing System at http://www.ethics.state.ga.us/efiling/default.aspx.

 

Ga. Code § 21-5-71: Registration required; application for registration; supplemental registration; expiration; docket; fees; identification cards; public rosters; exemptions

 

Each registered lobbyist in Georgia must file Disclosure Reports through the E-Filing System at http://www.ethics.state.ga.us/efiling/default.aspx. The applicable filing schedule depends on the individual’s lobbyist level(s):

 

 

Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission: Lobbyists
http://ethics.ga.gov/filer-information/lobbyists/

 

E-Filing System

 

FAQs
http://ethics.ga.gov/category/e-filing-questions/

 

Sign In
http://www.ethics.state.ga.us/efiling/default.aspx

 

Form CFCLOB: Lobbyist Registration Application
http://ethics.ga.gov/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Lobbyist%20Reg_2015.pdf

 

Form LPIN: Lobbyist Electronic Filing Access Code Form
http://ethics.ga.gov/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/2014_LPINAPP-Lobbyist-PIN-Application.pdf

 

Form CFCLOB: Lobbyist Supplemental Registration Form
http://ethics.ga.gov/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/2014-LobbyReg.pdf

 

Lobbyist Levels Explained
http://ethics.ga.gov/2011/05/what-are-the-levels-one-can-lobby/

 

Sample Lobbyist Report Form
http://ethics.ga.gov/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Lobbyist.pdf

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