Attendees of the March 8th & March 15th, 2013, Roundtable Discussions
The March 8th and 15th roundtables in Albany and New York City focused on the Source of Funding disclosure regulations and Reportable Business Relationship disclosure guidelines, and their application by lobbyists and clients.
Discussion on the Reportable Business Relationship disclosure focused primarily on the application of the term "client" in the guidelines and its inclusion of proprietors, partners, directors, or executive management, and the level of due diligence required to determine when lobbyists or clients, particularly organizations with large boards and complex management structures, can meet the "know or has reason to know" standard.
Discussion on Source of Funding focused on which contributions needed to be disclosed under the regulations and the application of the "amount of contribution" formula to a lobbyist's or client's revenue sources. There was also concern raised about how best to comply with the disclosure requirements in filings due before a lobbyist's or client' audited financial statement is complete.
Also, attendees and staff discussed options for increasing transparency when the Source of Funding for an organization ends up being a related or affiliated organization that is not required to reveal its sources of funding.
|Kyle Christiansen||Bogdan Lasky & Frazier|
|Len Prazych||NE Govern. Consulting|
|Ken Pokalsky||Business Council of NYS|
|Mark Glaser||Greenburg Traurig|
|Maria Maloney||Greenburg Traurig|
|Cindy Naclerio||Harris Beach Pllc|
|Mitchell Pawluk||Harris Beach Pllc|
|Theresa Russo||Wilson, Elser Moskowitz|
|Tim Sheridan||Capitol Group|
|Bill Strauk||Business Council of NYS|
|Denise Wagner Furman||Law office of Denise Wagner Furman|
|Jefrey J. Hunter||Attorney at Law|
|Bridget Lawless||Ward & Lawless, LLC|
|Alexandra Megaris||Venable, LLP|
|Kelly Williams||Brennan Center|
|Steve Farkas||Colleran Ohara & Mills, LLC|