Lobbying entities who incur $2,500 in lobbying activity in a quarterly filing period, must file electronically or online for that quarter and all subsequent quarterly filing periods (regardless of the level of activity). Lobbying entities subject to this electronic filing obligation include: a) lobbying firms; b) lobbyist employers; c) lobbyists; d) lobbying coalitions; and e) all other persons who spend $2,500 or more to influence legislative or state agency administrative action. For further information read our FAQ concerning electronic filing.
Lobbying firms and lobbyist employers register with the Office of the Secretary of State. Lobbyists do not independently register apart from their affiliated firm or employer. Rather, lobbyists supply a certification statement to be included with their own firm's or employer's registration.
Lobbying firms and lobbyist employers file quarterly lobbying disclosure statements with the Office of the Secretary of State, using prescribed forms by required deadlines. Lobbyists do not independently file disclosure statements. Rather, lobbyists must supply a completed lobbyist report, within two weeks following the end of each quarter, to be included with their own firm's or employer's quarterly disclosure statements.
Filing disclosure statements late denies voters and the general public of important information that should be current and readily available. Statements filed late are subject to fine, and the Secretary of State will only consider fine waiver requests (PDF) based upon specified "good cause" reasons for late filing.