NEW YORK
TEMPORARY STATE COMMISSION
ON REGULATION OF LOBBYING

OPINION NO. 17 (78-17)

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FACTS

A county executive, county attorney, or county employee who are nondesignated lobbyists travel to Albany on occasion for the specific purpose of lobbying on behalf of their county.

The question presented to the Commission is whether, under the Regulation of Lobbying Act of 1977 (hereinafter referred to as the Act), public corporations are required to include in their quarterly reports, the pro-rata salaries of its employees who have lobbied on behalf of their county and, if so, are the salaries reported in the aggregate or individually by name.

OPINION

Since the county is a public corporation, it must comply with Sections 9 and 10 of the Act. A reasonable estimate of the pro-rata share of salaries of county employees, whether employed as a lobbyist or not, who do in fact lobby on behalf of the county, shall be reported on the quarterly and annual reports filed by the county. In addition, fees paid to outside lobbyists shall also be reported. The respective names of all such lobbyists shall be listed with their respective salaries (Sec. 9(b)(2); (b)(6)(I) of the Act). The salaries referred to in Section 9(b)(6)(iv) of the Act relate to secretarial and other employees who assist the employed lobbyists in such activities.


APPROVED BY COMMISSION: October 6, 1978

CONCURRING: CHAIRMAN S. STANLEY KREUTZER, VICE CHAIRMAN OWEN McGIVERN, MARGARET C. ANDRONACO, D. CLINTON DOMINICK, DANIEL GUTMAN, and DAVID C. TAIT.

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S. STANLEY KREUTZER
Chairman


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