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.
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.
“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.
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.