Lobbyist Rules, Forms & Manual
AB 1743 Placement Agent Information: Updated 4/13/2011
"The activities of lobbyists should be regulated and their finances disclosed in order that improper influences will not be directed at public officials."
Gov. Code section 81002(b)
California's Political Reform Act (Gov. Code Sections 81000-91015) requires registration and reporting by individuals and entities that make or receive payments for the purpose of influencing decisions of the State Legislature and state administrative agencies (i.e., lobbying legislative bills and state agency regulations). (The Act's lobbying provisions are contained in sections 86100-86300 and section 85702.)
The Act does not regulate individuals or entities that lobby the federal government, or city, county, or other local government agencies.
The following are covered under the Act's requirements:
A lobbyist is an individual who is compensated and who communicates directly with legislative or state agency officials to influence legislative or administrative action on behalf of his or her employer or a client. An individual who only receives reimbursement for reasonable travel expenses will not become a lobbyist. In addition to registration and reporting, a lobbyist is prohibited from making a gift or gifts totaling more than $10 in a calendar month to any state legislative official (including legislative employees) and to any official or employee of a state administrative agency his or her employer or lobbying firm lobbies.
A lobbying firm is a business entity that is compensated and communicates directly with legislative or state agency officials to influence legislative or administrative action on behalf of any client. In addition to registration and reporting, a lobbying firm is prohibited from making a gift or gifts totaling more than $10 in a calendar month to any state legislative official (including legislative employees) and to any official or employee of a state administrative agency the firm lobbies.
Lobbyist Employers/Lobbying Coalitions
A lobbyist employer is any individual or entity that employs a lobbyist or contracts for the services of a lobbying firm. A lobbying coalition is a group of 10 or more individuals or entities that pool their funds for the purpose of hiring a lobbyist or lobbying firm. State legislative and agency officials and employees are prohibited from receiving gifts totaling more than $440 in a calendar year from various sources.
A $5,000 filer is an individual or entity that does not make payments to a lobbyist or a lobbying firm but still spends $5,000 or more in a calendar quarter to influence legislative or administrative action, such as placing an advertisement or sending a mailing urging others to contact their legislators concerning pending legislation. State legislative and agency officials and employees are prohibited from receiving gifts totaling more than $440 in a calendar year from various sources.
All lobbying registration and disclosure reports are filed with:
Secretary of State
Political Reform Division
P.O. Box 1467
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-1467
Registration is required within 10 days when an individual or entity first becomes a lobbyist, lobbying firm, lobbyist employer, or lobbying coalition under the Political Reform Act. Registration is not required for $5,000 filers or for any lobbyist employer or lobbying coalition that only contracts with a lobbying firm and does not employ an in-house lobbyist.
A lobbying firm with a new client must amend its registration prior to lobbying on behalf of that client. All other amendments to registration must be made within 20 days of the change.
Registration must be renewed between November 1 and December 31 of each even-numbered year.
For detailed information about registration and reporting, review the FPPC Lobbying Disclosure Information Manual and obtain forms.
Disclosure of lobbying activities and payments is done on a quarterly basis.
January, February, March: Due April 30
April, May, June: Due July 31
July, August, September: Due: October 31
October, November, December: Due January 31
Deadlines that fall on a Saturday, Sunday or official state holiday are extended to the next business day.