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Political Involvement in Oklahoma

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Requirements for Political Involvement in Oklahoma

An “executive lobbyist” is any individual who is employed or retained by another for financial or other compensation to perform services that include executive lobbying, other than an individual whose lobbying activities are only incidental to, and are not a significant part of, the services provided by such individual to the client.

 

The following individuals shall not be considered lobbyists:

  • An individual appearing before a state officer or employee of an agency who receives no compensation for his or her appearance other than reimbursement from the state for expenses and who engages in no further lobbying;
  • A federal official acting in his or her official capacity;
  • Any person exercising his or her constitutional right to petition the government who receives no compensation or anything of value for lobbying

 

Okla. Stat. tit. 74E, r. 5.2(4)

 

“Executive lobbying” means any oral or written communication with a state officer or employee of an agency, excluding the Governor or a member of the Legislature or with an employee of the Governor or the Legislature, on behalf of a lobbyist principal with regard to the passage, defeat, formulation, modification, interpretation, amendment, adoption, approval or veto of any legislation, rule, rate, regulation, executive order or any other program, policy or position of state government.

 

“Executive lobbying” does not include testimony given at, or submitted in writing to, a public hearing of the agency, nor a speech, article, publication or other material that is widely distributed, published in newspapers, magazines or similar publications or broadcast on radio or television.

 

Okla. Stat. tit. 74E, r. 5.2(3)

 

A “legislative lobbyist” is any individual who is employed or retained by another for financial or other compensation to perform services that include legislative lobbying, other than an individual whose lobbying activities are only incidental to, and are not a significant part of, the services provided by such individual to the client.

 

The following individuals shall not be considered lobbyists:

  • An individual appearing before the Governor or a meeting of a legislative body who receives no compensation for his or her appearance other than reimbursement from the state for expenses and who engages in no further lobbying;
  • A federal official acting in his or her official capacity;
  • Any person exercising his or her constitutional right to petition the government who receives no compensation or anything of value for lobbying

 

Okla. Stat. tit. 74E, r. 5.2(8)

 

“Legislative lobbying” means any oral or written communication with the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or an employee of the Governor or the Legislature on behalf of a lobbyist principal with regard to the passage, defeat, formulation, modification, interpretation, amendment, adoption, approval or veto of any legislation, rule, regulation, executive order or any other program, policy or position of state government.

 

“Legislative lobbying” does not include testimony given before, or submitted in writing to, a committee or subcommittee of the Legislature, nor a speech, article, publication or other material that is widely distributed, published in newspapers, magazines or similar publications or broadcast on radio or television;

 

Okla. Stat. tit. 74E, r. 5.2(7)

 

A “legislative liaison” is any state officer or employee whose duties in fact include legislative lobbying, regardless of the state officer or employee’s title and regardless of whether or not legislative lobbying is included within the state officer or state employee’s job description other than an individual whose lobbying activities are only incidental to, and are not a significant part of, the services provided by such individual to the agency. Each agency shall have at least one legislative liaison, unless all officers and employees of the agency provide information to the Governor or a legislator only at the request of the Governor or a legislator or an employee of the Governor or the Legislature or as required by law, and provided further that no officer or employee of the agency has requested legislation, other than an appropriation for the agency, or other legislative action, or unless the agency has a contract with a legislative lobbyist to provide legislative lobbying services.

 

Okla. Stat. tit. 74E, r. 5.2(6)

 

A “lobbyist principal” is any person or entity, including an agency, who employs or retains another person for financial or other compensation to conduct executive or legislative lobbying activities on behalf of the lobbyist principal; provided, however, it shall not mean any individual members, partners, officers or shareholders of an agency, a corporation, association, firm, joint venture, joint stock company, syndicate, business trust, estate, trust, company, partnership, limited partnership, organization, committee or club, or a group of persons who are voluntarily acting in concert.

 

Okla. Stat. tit. 74E, r. 5.2(9)

Every executive lobbyist, legislative lobbyist, and legislative liaison must register with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission each year that the lobbyist engages in lobbying. Registration occurs in the month of December each year for the following calendar year and must be completed annually. If the liaison or lobbyist is designated after December 31st of one year but before December 1st of the following year, he or she must register within 5 days of his or her appointment. There is a registration fee of $100 for legislative liaisons and legislative lobbyists, plus an additional fee for using a credit card. Registration is required to be done electronically at https://guardian.ok.gov/CampaignFinance/Filings/CF-1_NoticeofOrganization.aspx?Public=A1Z2Y7B3-7901-567W-C1PU-8V5EU9ERSI10. There is no registration requirement for lobbyist principals, but every executive lobbyist, legislative lobbyist, and legislative liaison must identify the lobbyist principal or principals on whose behalf they are lobbying.

 

Each legislative liaison and legislative lobbyist must file 7 Legislative Lobbyist Reports every calendar year. The first report must be filed no later than January 5th and covers the period from July 1st – December 31st of the preceding year. After the January Report, reports are filed monthly:

 

Reporting Period                                Due Date
January                                              February 5th
February                                              March 5th
March                                                    April 5th
April                                                       May 5th
May                                                        June 5th
June                                                        July 5th

 

Each executive lobbyist must file 4 Executive Lobbyist Reports each year. These reports are due no later than January 5th, April 5th, July 5th, and October 5th.

 

Okla. Stat. tit. 4E, r. 5: Rules for Lobbyist Registration and Reporting of Expenditure

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The Guardian: Oklahoma Ethics Commission Electronic Reporting System Homepage
https://guardian.ok.gov/CampaignFinance/UserLogin.aspx

 

Registration
https://guardian.ok.gov/CampaignFinance/Filings/CF-1_NoticeofOrganization.aspx?Public=A1Z2Y7B3-7901-567W-C1PU-8V5EU9ERSI10

 

Oklahoma Ethics Commission: 2015 Guide for Lobbyists
http://www.ok.gov/ethics/documents/2015 Guide for Lobbyists.pdf

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