Attendees of the February 12th, 2016, Roundtable Discussions

Topics Discussed:

The February 12th roundtables in New York City focused on lobbying and social media. Members of the regulated community shared insight about the ways in which social media is used in lobbying and the associated costs, and provided comments, suggestions, and concerns related to the application of the Lobbying Act to social media activity and disclosure requirements for such activity. Among the topics discussed were: when does social media activity constitute direct or grassroots lobbying; when does staff time spent on social media require disclosure of additional lobbyists; how to account for staff time spent on social media activities; whether the social media activity of an organization's members should be attributable to the organization; whether retweets or re-posts constitute lobbying; and which social media costs should be reportable expenses. Also discussed was the Commission's Advisory Opinion No. 16-01 and its implications on social media activity.

Laura AbelLawyers Alliance for NY
Michael BossoColleran O'Hara & Mills LLP
Robin Chappelle GolstonEmblem Health
Dick DadeyCitizens Union Foundation
Rob CasimirNew York City Conflicts of Interest Board
Elizabeth HollidayCollege & Community Fellowship
Jeff HunterKelley Drye & Warren LLP
Craig JohnsonDentons
Alexander KippNew York City Conflicts of Interest Board
Susan LernerCommon Cause NY
Dianna MaruschakGreenburger Center
Jonathan McArdleFeatherstonhaugh, Wiley & Clyne LLP
Sandy MyersSelfhelp Community Services
Kristin PalmasonJames F. Capalino & Associates
Timothy PlunkettDentons
Alexander RabbLevy Ratner PC
Thomas RaccuiaWood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP
Tracie RobinsonHuman Services Council
Laura RothrockNicholas & Lence Communications
Katie SchwabManatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP
Santa Soriano-VasquezCommunity Service Society of NY
Maria StewartGeorge Artz Communications, Inc.
Kimberly VanderhoefSuccess Academy Charter Schools
Valerie VeneziaNY Council of Nonprofits
Renee WilsonPR Council
Jason YoungclausWorking Families Organization