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Political Involvement in Oregon


Requirements for Political Involvement in Oregon

“Lobbying” means influencing, or attempting to influence, legislative action through oral or written communication with legislative officials, solicitation of executive officials or other persons to influence or attempt to influence legislative action or attempting to obtain the goodwill of legislative officials.


Or. Rev. Stat. § 171.725(8)


“Lobbyist” means:

  • Any individual who agrees to provide personal services for money or any other consideration for the purpose of lobbying
  • Any person who provides personal services as a representative of a corporation, association, organization or other group, for the purpose of lobbying
  • Any public official who lobbies


Or. Rev. Stat. § 171.725(9)


“Legislative action” means introduction, sponsorship, testimony, debate, voting or any other official action on any measure, resolution, amendment, nomination, appointment, or report, or any matter that may be the subject of action by either house of the Legislative Assembly, or any committee of the Legislative Assembly, or the approval or veto thereof by the Governor.


Or. Rev. Stat. § 171.725(6)


Oregon’s Lobbying Regulation Act does not apply to the following persons:

  • News media, or their employees or agents, that in the ordinary course of business directly or indirectly urge legislative action but that engage in no other activities in connection with the legislative action
  • Any legislative official acting in an official capacity
  • Any individual who does not receive compensation or reimbursement of expenses for lobbying, who limits lobbying activities solely to formal appearances to give testimony before public sessions of committees of the Legislative Assembly, or public hearings of state agencies, and who, when testifying, registers an appearance in the records of the committees or agencies
  • A person who does not:
    • Agree to provide personal services for money or any other consideration for the purpose of lobbying
    • Spend more than an aggregate amount of 24 hours during any calendar quarter lobbying and
    • Spend an aggregate amount in excess of $100 lobbying during any calendar quarter
  • The Governor, chief of staff for the Governor, deputy chief of staff for the Governor, legal counsel to the Governor, deputy legal counsel to the Governor, Secretary of State, Deputy Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Deputy State, chief of staff for the office of the State Treasurer, Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries, deputy commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries, members and staff of the Oregon Law Commission who conduct the law revision program of the commission, or any judge


Or. Rev. Stat. § 171.735

Within 10 business days of spending more than 24 hours in a calendar quarter lobbying or more than $100 lobbying during any calendar quarter, or within 10 business days after agreeing to provide personal services for money or any other consideration for the purpose of lobbying, a lobbyist must register with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission by filing a Lobbyist Registration Statement. There is no fee to register, registrations expire on December 31st of each odd-numbered year, and a new Lobbyist Registration Statement must be submitted before January 31st of the following even-numbered year to renew registration.


Or. Rev. Stat. § 171.740: Lobbyist registration; contents of statements


Registered lobbyists and lobbyist employers must file quarterly lobbyist expenditure reports on April 15th, July 15th, October 15th, and January 15th of each year.


Or. Rev. Stat. § 171.745: Lobbyist statements of expenditures
Or. Rev. Stat. § 171.750: Lobbyist employer statements of expenditures
Or. Rev. Stat. § 171.752: Time for filing statements


Lobbying registration statements and expenditure reports may be filed through the Government Ethics Commission’s Electronic Filing System at http://www.oregon.gov/OGEC/Pages/efs.aspx beginning in early 2016.


Oregon Government Ethics Commission: Lobbying Forms and Publications


Guide to Lobbying


Lobbyist Registration Statement


Sample Quarterly Lobbyist Expenditure Report


Report Instructions


Sample Quarterly Client/Employer Expenditure Report


Report Instructions

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