“Lobbying” means the activity of a lobbyist while acting in that capacity.
Ga. Code § 21-5-70(4): Definitions
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:
“Expenditure” does not include anything defined as a “lobbying expenditure.”
Ga. Code § 21-5-70(1): Definitions
“Lobbying expenditure” means:
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
Form CFCLOB: Lobbyist Registration Application
Form LPIN: Lobbyist Electronic Filing Access Code Form
Form CFCLOB: Lobbyist Supplemental Registration Form
Lobbyist Levels Explained
Sample Lobbyist Report Form