A “lobbyist” is any individual who is compensated for the specific purpose of lobbying, is designated by an interest group or organization to represent it on a substantial or regular basis for the purpose of lobbying, or in the course of his employment is engaged in lobbying on a substantial or regular basis.
“Lobbyist” does not include:
an individual who appears on his own behalf in connection with legislation or an official action
any elected or appointed officer of the state or its political subdivisions or an Indian tribe or pueblo acting in his official capacity
an employee of the state or its political subdivisions, specifically designated by an elected or appointed officer of the state or its political subdivision, who appears before a legislative committee or in a rulemaking proceeding only to explain the effect of legislation or a rule on his agency or political subdivision, provided the elected or appointed officer of the state or its political subdivision keeps for public inspection, and files with the secretary of state, such designation
any designated member of the staff of an elected state official, provided the elected state official keeps for public inspection and files with the secretary of state such designation
a member of the legislature, the staff of any member of the legislature or the staff of any legislative committee when addressing legislation
any witness called by a legislative committee or administrative agency to appear before that legislative committee or agency in connection with legislation or an official action
an individual who provides only oral or written public testimony in connection with a legislative committee or in a rulemaking proceeding and whose name and the interest on behalf of which he testifies have been clearly and publicly identified, or
a publisher, owner or employee of the print media, radio or television, while gathering or disseminating news or editorial comment to the general public in the ordinary course of business
a decision related to any matter to be considered or being considered by the legislative branch of state government or any legislative committee or any legislative matter requiring action by the governor or awaiting action by the governor, or
An “expenditure” is a payment, transfer or distribution or obligation or promise to pay, transfer or distribute any money or other thing of value but does not include a lobbyist’s own personal living expenses and the expenses incidental to establishing and maintaining an office in connection with lobbying activities or compensation paid to a lobbyist by a lobbyist’s employer.
In the January prior to each regular session or before any service covered by the Lobbyist Regulation Act commences, any individual who is initially employed or retained as a lobbyist must register with the Secretary of State by filing a single Lobbyist Registration Form under oath and by submitting an annual filing fee of $25.00, a Lobbyist Authorization Form, and a Supplemental Lobbyist Registration Form for each of the lobbyist’s employers. Lobbyist renewals will be mailed each December.
Each lobbyist or lobbyist’s employer who makes or incurs expenditures or political contributions for the benefit of or in opposition to a state legislator or candidate for the state legislature, a state public officer or candidate for state public office, a board or commission member or state employee who is involved in an official action affecting the lobbyist’s employer or in support of or in opposition to a ballot issue or pending legislation or official action must file expenditure reports with the Secretary of State according to the following schedule:
By January 15th for all expenditures and political contributions made or incurred during the preceding year and not previously reported
Within 48 hours for each separate expenditure made or incurred during a legislative session that was for $500 or more, and
By May 1st for all expenditures and political contributions made or incurred through April 25th of the current year and not previously reported.