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Political Involvement in Washington D.C.

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Requirements for Political Involvement in Washington D.C.

A “lobbyist” is any person who engages in lobbying.

 

D.C. Code § 1-1151.01(33)

 

“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
  • Communications by a bona fide political party

 

D.C. Code § 1-1151.01(32)

A person and/or entity must register as a lobbyist with the Director of Government Ethics by filing a Lobbyist Registration Form and paying the required registration fee if the person:

  • Receives compensation in an amount of $250 or more in any 3 consecutive calendar-month periods for lobbying
  • Receives compensation from more than one source in an aggregate amount of $250 or more in any 3 consecutive calendar-month periods for lobbying, or
  • Expends funds in an amount of $250 or more in any 3 consecutive calendar-month periods for lobbying

 

D.C. Code § 1-1162.27

 

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.

 

D.C. Code § 1-1162.29

 

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.

 

D.C. Code § 1-1162.30

 

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 bega@dc.gov or (202) 481-3411.

 

Board of Ethics and Government Accountability: Resources for Lobbyists
http://www.bega-dc.gov/resources-for/lobbyists

 

Lobbyist Registration Form
http://www.bega-dc.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Lobbyist_Registration_Form.pdf

 

Lobbyist Activity Report
http://www.bega-dc.gov/sites/default/files/documents/BEGAform-Lobbyist-Activity.pdf

 

Schedule A: Compensation Paid by Registrant to the Lobbyist/Lobbyist Entity for Lobbying
http://www.bega-dc.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Schedule_A.pdf

Schedule A-1: Lobbyist Expenditures
http://www.bega-dc.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Schedule_A-1.pdf

Schedule A-2: Other Expenditures
http://www.bega-dc.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Schedule_A-2.pdf

Schedule B: Certification
http://www.bega-dc.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Schedule_B-Certification_Page.pdf

 

Schedule C: Additional Disclosures
http://www.begadc.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Lobbyist%20Campaign%20Contribution%20Form-%20Schedule%20C.pdf

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