“Lobbying” means communicating directly with any official in the legislative or executive branch of the District government with the purpose of influencing any legislative action or an administrative decision.
“Lobbying” does not include:
The appearance or presentation of written testimony by a person on his or her own behalf, or representation by an attorney on behalf of any such person in a rulemaking (which includes a formal public hearing), rate-making, or adjudicatory hearing before an executive agency or the Tax Assessor
Information supplied in response to written inquiries by an executive agency, the Council, or any public official
Inquiries concerning only the status of specific actions by an executive agency or the Council
Testimony given before the Council or a committee of the Council, during which a public record is made of such proceedings or testimony submitted for inclusion in such a public record
A communication made through the instrumentality of a newspaper, television, or radio of general circulation, or a publication whose primary audience is the organization’s membership, and
Each registrant must file the Lobbyist Registration Form, signed under oath, on or before January 15th of each year, or no later than 15 days after becoming a lobbyist. If the lobbyist is not an individual, an authorized officer or agent must sign the form. A registrant must file a separate registration form for each person from whom the registrant receives compensation for lobbying activities. The filing fee for For-Profit Lobbyists is $250, and the filing fee for Non-Profit Lobbyists is $50.
Each registrant must file a Lobbyist Activity Report (along with Schedules A, A-1, A-2, B, and C) between the 1st and 10th day of July and January of each year covering the registrant’s lobbying activities during the previous 6-month period. If the registrant is not an individual lobbyist, an authorized officer or agent must sign the form. A registrant must file a separate activity report for each person from whom the registrant receives compensation for lobbying activities.
Lobbyist Registration Forms and Lobbyist Activity Reports can be filed online through the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (“BEGA”) Electronic Filing System at https://efiling.bega-dc.gov/efs/login.aspx. Lobbyists should receive their user ID, password, and PIN for the system in an email from BEGA. If a lobbyist does not receive this information, the lobbyist may contact BEGA at email@example.com or (202) 481-3411.