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Political Involvement in Massachusetts

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Requirements for Political Involvement in Massachusetts

A “legislative agent” is a person who, for compensation, engages in legislative lobbying, which includes at least one lobbying communication with a government employee. The term “legislative agent” includes a person who, as part of his regular and usual business or professional activities, engages in legislative lobbying, whether or not any additional compensation is received for these services. A person is presumed to be engaged in legislative lobbying incidental to his regular and usual business or professional activities, and is therefore not a legislative agent, if he: (i) engages in legislative lobbying for not more than 25 hours during any reporting period; and (ii) receives less than $2,500 during any reporting period for legislative lobbying.

 

Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 3 § 39

 

“Legislative lobbying” means any act to promote, oppose, influence or attempt to influence legislation, or to promote, oppose or influence the governor’s approval or veto thereof, including any effort to influence the introduction, sponsorship, consideration, action, or non-action with respect to any legislation. Legislative lobbying also includes: acts to influence or attempt to influence the decision of any officer or employee of a city or town when those acts are intended to carry out a common purpose with legislative lobbying at the state level; and strategizing, planning, and research performed in connection with an actual communication with a government employee. Legislative lobbying does not include providing information in writing in response to a written request from an officer or employee of the legislative branch for technical advice or factual information regarding any legislation.

 

Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 3 § 39

 

An “executive agent” is a person who, for compensation, engages in executive lobbying, which includes at least one lobbying communication with a government employee. The term “executive agent” includes a person who, as part of his regular and usual business or professional activities, engages in executive lobbying, whether or not any additional compensation is received for these services. A person is presumed to be engaged in executive lobbying incidental to his regular and usual business or professional activities, and is therefore not an executive agent, if he: (i) engages in executive lobbying for not more than 25 hours during any reporting period; and (ii) receives less than $2,500 during any reporting period for executive lobbying.

 

Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 3 § 39

 

“Executive lobbying” means any act to promote, oppose, influence, or attempt to influence a decision of any officer or employee of the executive branch that concerns legislation or the adoption, defeat or postponement of a standard, rate, rule or regulation, or any act to communicate directly with a covered executive official to influence a decision concerning policy or procurement. Executive lobbying also includes: acts to influence or attempt to influence the decision of any officer or employee of a city or town when those acts are intended to carry out a common purpose with executive lobbying at the state level; and strategizing, planning, and research performed in connection with an actual communication with a government employee. Executive lobbying does not include providing information in writing in response to a written request from an officer or employee of the executive branch for technical advice or factual information regarding a standard, rate, rule or regulation, policy or procurement.

 

A “lobbyist entity” is a business that provides lobbyist services, consisting of at least one legislative or executive agent, including foreign or domestic corporations, associations, sole proprietors, partnerships, limited liability partnerships, joint stock companies, joint ventures, or any other similar business formation.

 

Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 3 § 39

Each legislative agent, executive agent, and lobbyist entity must file an annual registration statement with the state secretary no later than December 15th of the year preceding the registration year. A client retaining a legislative agent, executive agent, or lobbyist entity must also file an annual registration statement with the state secretary no later than December 15th. A client or lobbyist entity who retains a lobbyist entity, legislative agent, or executive agent after January 1st of the registration year must register this employment within the next 10 days.

 

Each lobbyist entity must pay an annual filing fee of $1,000 to register with the state secretary, each legislative or executive agent must pay an annual filing fee of $100, and each client must pay an annual filing fee of $100 for each lobbyist entity hired.

 

Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 3 § 41

 

Twice a year (July 15th and January 15th), every executive and legislative agent must submit to the state secretary an itemized statement listing all campaign contributions and expenditures incurred while lobbying. This report must also list: (1) each client for whom the legislative or executive agent provided lobbying services; (2) all bill numbers and names of legislation and other governmental action that the executive or legislative agent acted to promote, oppose or influence; (3) the executive or legislative agent’s position, if any, on each such bill or other governmental action; (4) the client or clients on whose behalf the executive or legislative agent was acting with respect to each such bill or governmental action; (5) the amount of compensation received for executive or legislative lobbying from each client with respect to such lobbying services; and (6) all direct business associations with public officials.

 

Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 3 § 43

 

Massachusetts Lobbyist Registration & Reporting System
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/lobbyistweb/common/signin.aspx

 

Online User Assistance
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/LobbyistWeb/ReadMe/OnlineHelp.aspx

 

Lobbyist Disclosure Reporting Instructions
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/LobbyistWeb/ReadMe/OnlineHelp/2010/03InstructionsLOB.pdf

 

Entity Disclosure Reporting Instructions
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/LobbyistWeb/ReadMe/OnlineHelp/2010/04InstructionsENT.pdf

 

Client Disclosure Reporting Instructions
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/LobbyistWeb/ReadMe/OnlineHelp/2010/05InstructionsCLIENT.pdf

 

Lobbying FAQs
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/lob/lobfaq/lobfaq.htm

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