2019 Client Semi-Annual Report and Source of Funding Information
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Important Reminder for Employed Lobbyists

If you are a Contractual Client who lobbies on your own behalf (you are the Principal Lobbyist, Contractual Client, and Beneficial Client) and do not use a Retained Lobbyist, you are NOT REQUIRED to file a Client Semi-Annual Report (“CSA”). A system-generated CSA will be created for you; more information on this below. DO NOT submit a CSA for the upcoming 2019 January/June reporting period if you ONLY lobby on your own behalf and do not utilize the services of a Retained Lobbyist.  Please refer to the e-blast below for more detailed information.

Filing Extension Information

The JCOPE Lobbying Application ("LA") is now available for filing Client Semi-Annual Reports and Source of Funding disclosures. Due to the short time frame between then and the statutory filing due date of July 15, JCOPE will be granting an extension to all Clients until July 31, 2019 in which to submit their filings. 

The extension will also apply to the submission deadline for the May/June Bi-Monthly Reports, which has been extended until July 31, 2019. The same 7-day grace period will run from that extended due date.  

 

CSA Filing Instructions

The Lobbying Act requires that any Contractual Client retaining, employing or designating a Lobbyist or Lobbyists - whether or not any such Lobbyist was required to file a Statement of Registration or Bi-monthly Report – who reasonably anticipates that during the year an amount in excess of $5,000 in combined Reportable Compensation and Reportable Expenses for Lobbying will be expended or incurred, is required to submit a Client Semi-Annual Report.

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    2019 - 2020 Client Semi-Annual Information

    Information and instructions on what to report on a Client Semi-Annual Report ('CSA') or CSA Amendment. For instructions on using the new LA, refer to "How to File a Client Semi-Annual Report in LA".   Revised 7/23/2019

     

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    Parties Lobbied for 2019_2020 Filings

    This list provides information for Filers to about specific parties they are lobbying or intend to lobby with regard to the subjects/issues they intend to be or are lobbying on at any given time. The list provides information for both the State and local/municipal level.  Revised 3/8/2019

     

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Source of Funding Filing Instructions

Source of Funding (“SoF”) is a requirement for Client Filers, who meet the Expenditure Threshold, to disclose each Source who contributed more than $2,500 to the Client Filer to fund, in whole or in part, the Client Filer’s activities or operations.

Source of Funding disclosure is intended to provide the public with more information regarding the actual entities and individuals that support lobbying campaigns in New York State.

Every Beneficial Client is required to either: (1) Disclose Source(s) of Funding (‘SoF’); or (2) Indicate SoF reporting is not required. The information will be appended to every active CSA and Amended CSA of the affiliated Contractual Client(s) during the specified Reporting Period.  A Beneficial Client may be the same as the Contractual Client.

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    2019 Source of Funding Information

    The purpose of this document is to assist Client Filers (Lobbyists who lobby on their own behalf and Beneficial Clients) with the disclosure of Source of Funding (SoF) information in JCOPE’s new Lobbying Application.

    NOTE:  This document is not intended to assist Client Filers in determining whether they have met the Expenditure Threshold and require reporting to JCOPE.  

     

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    EXAMPLE Spreadsheet for Source of Funding Filing

    This spreadsheet is intended as an example to use as a guide while reading "Instructions for Completing the Excel Spreadsheet to Disclose SoF Information". Do not submit this as your Source of Funding disclosure. 

    Please note - this spreadsheet will not immediately appear on your screen; it will be uploaded automatically and appear in your downloads folder or at the bottom of your screen. 

     

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    BLANK Pre-formatted Excel Spreadsheet for Source of Funding Disclosure

    Please use this pre-formatted Excel Spreadsheet to disclose information on Sources for Source of Funding.  PAPER Filers who meet the Expenditure Threshold and are required to disclose Source of Funding information MUST utilize the pre-formatted Excel Spreadsheet.  The completed, original spreadsheet must be emailed to JCOPE at [email protected]; and should include your contact information and the name of the Beneficial Client to avoid filing delays.

    ONLINE FILERS who meet the Expenditure Threshold and are required to disclose Source of Funding (“SoF”) information must either: utilize JCOPE’s online Lobbying Application (“LA”) to data-enter each Source individually; or complete and upload the pre-formatted Excel Spreadsheet provided by JCOPE. 

    Refer to the 'Instructions for Completing the Pre-formatted Excel Spreadsheet to Disclose Source of Funding Information' prior to completing the blank spreadsheet.

    Please note - this spreadsheet will not immediately appear on your screen; it will be uploaded automatically and appear in your downloads folder or at the bottom of your screen. 

     

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PDF Forms for 'Paper Filers'

Refer to the applicable filing instructions prior to completing the form.

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    2019 Source of Funding Summary Statement Form

    This form may be used by Beneficial Clients that are Paper (PDF) Filers. All Beneficial Clients are required to complete this PDF form or submit this statement online in the JCOPE Lobbying Application.  Completed PDF forms must be mailed to JCOPE.  Beneficial Clients required to disclose information on Sources must complete and mail this form AND e-mail the pre-formatted Excel Spreadsheet to [email protected]

    Mail completed forms to:

    NYS Joint Commission on Public Ethics

    540 Broadway

    Albany, New York 12207

     

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    EXAMPLE Spreadsheet for Source of Funding Filing

    This spreadsheet is intended as an example to use as a guide while reading "Instructions for Completing the Excel Spreadsheet to Disclose SoF Information". Do not submit this as your Source of Funding disclosure. 

    Please note - this spreadsheet will not immediately appear on your screen; it will be uploaded automatically and appear in your downloads folder or at the bottom of your screen. 

     

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    BLANK Pre-formatted Excel Spreadsheet for Source of Funding Disclosure

    Please use this pre-formatted Excel Spreadsheet to disclose information on Sources for Source of Funding.  PAPER Filers who meet the Expenditure Threshold and are required to disclose Source of Funding information MUST utilize the pre-formatted Excel Spreadsheet.  The completed, original spreadsheet must be emailed to JCOPE at [email protected]; and should include your contact information and the name of the Beneficial Client to avoid filing delays.

    ONLINE FILERS who meet the Expenditure Threshold and are required to disclose Source of Funding (“SoF”) information must either: utilize JCOPE’s online Lobbying Application (“LA”) to data-enter each Source individually; or complete and upload the pre-formatted Excel Spreadsheet provided by JCOPE. 

    Refer to the 'Instructions for Completing the Pre-formatted Excel Spreadsheet to Disclose Source of Funding Information' prior to completing the blank spreadsheet.

    Please note - this spreadsheet will not immediately appear on your screen; it will be uploaded automatically and appear in your downloads folder or at the bottom of your screen. 

     

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Lobbying Application Instructions

Instructions for navigating the JCOPE Lobbying Application for online filers.  

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    How to File a Client Semi-Annual Report in LA

    These instructions are intended to assist online Filers when navigating the online JCOPE Lobbying Application.  Technical 'click-here' instructions include how to file information for both the Client Semi-Annual Report and Reportable Business Relationship information.   

     

     

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Contact Lobbying Filings Specialist

For technical assistance, or help with registrations, lobbyist bi-monthly reports, client semi-annual reports, and other lobbying-related disclosure forms, the Lobbying line is available from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, by contacting the phone number or email address below.

 

Contact us by phone:
Hotline - Press '1' to speak to the Lobbying Unit   800-87-Ethics (873-8442)
  
Mailing Address:

New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics

540 Broadway

Albany, New York 12207