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Political Involvement in Pennsylvania

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Requirements for Political Involvement in Pennsylvania

A “lobbyist” is any individual, association, corporation, partnership, business trust or other entity that engages in lobbying on behalf of a principal for economic consideration. The term includes an attorney at law while engaged in lobbying.

 

65 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 13A03

 

A “lobbying firm” is an entity that engages in lobbying for economic consideration on behalf of a principal other than the entity itself.

 

65 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 13A03

 

A “principal” is an individual, association, corporation, partnership, business trust or other entity: (1) on whose behalf a lobbying firm or lobbyist engages in lobbying; or (2) that engages in lobbying on the principal’s own behalf.

 

65 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 13A03

 

“Lobbying” means an effort to influence legislative action or administrative action in Pennsylvania. The term includes: (1) direct or indirect communication; (2) office expenses; and (3) providing any gift, hospitality, transportation or lodging to a State official or employee for the purpose of advancing the interest of the lobbyist or principal.

 

65 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 13A03

Every lobbyist, lobbying firm, or principal must register with the Pennsylvania Department of State within 10 days of acting in any capacity as a lobbyist, lobbying firm, or principal.

 

65 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 13A04(a)

 

To register, each lobbyist, lobbying firm, or principal must create an online Pennsylvania Department of State account, complete the appropriate registration form and attachments (found at http://www.dos.pa.gov/OtherServices/LobbyingDisclosure/LobbyingAccountServices/Pages/Registration-Forms.aspx#.VMlegGjF-Sp), and pay a $300 fee.

 

Registered principals are required to file quarterly expense reports no later than 30 days after the last day of each calendar quarter. If a lobbyist or lobbying firm reports all expenses to and through their respective principals, then the lobbyist or lobbying firm is not required to file quarterly expense reports. However, if a principal does not submit a quarterly expense report, or if a principal does not include all expenses of a lobbying firm or lobbyist in its report, then the lobbyist or lobbying firm is required to file a quarterly expense report for any expenses not included in the principal’s quarterly expense report.

 

65 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 13A05(a)
65 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 13A05(b)(6)

 

The following are the quarterly expense report due dates:

Reporting Period                               Due Date
January 1 – March 31                       April 30th
April 1 – June 30                                July 30th
July 1 – September 30                   October 30th
October 1 – December 31              January 30th

 

Pennsylvania Department of State: Lobbying Disclosure
http://www.dos.pa.gov/OtherServices/LobbyingDisclosure/Pages/default.aspx#.VMleMmjF-So

 

65 Pa. Cons. Stat. ch. 13A: Lobbying Disclosure

 

Lobbyist, Lobbying Firm, and Principal Registration Forms
http://www.dos.pa.gov/OtherServices/LobbyingDisclosure/LobbyingAccountServices/Pages/Registration-Forms.aspx#.VMlegGjF-Sp

 

Online Registration
https://www.login.state.pa.us/login/register.aspx

 

Lobbying Disclosure Quarterly Expense Report Forms, Instructions, and Deadlines
http://www.dos.pa.gov/OtherServices/LobbyingDisclosure/LobbyingAccountServices/Pages/Expense-Reports-.aspx#.VMlfGmjF-So

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