The JCOPE Lobbying Application ("LA") is now available for filing Client Semi-Annual Reports and Source of Funding disclosures. Please refer to the 'JCOPE Lobbying Application Information' page under the 'Lobbying' tab on the website.
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.
As always, if you have any questions about navigating the LA, please contact our Lobbying Helpdesk at (518) 408-3976 or by emailing [email protected]. For any questions about what you need to include in your Filings, please contact our Attorney of the Day at 800-87-ETHICS (800-873-8442), and press ‘2’ when prompted.
Lobbying is an attempt to influence government decision-making. Legislative Law Article 1-A, also known as the “Lobbying Act”, requires the registration and reporting of individuals and organizations that either spend, or anticipate spending, more than the lobbying threshold on efforts to influence certain government activities including legislation, executive orders, regulations, and governmental procurements.
JCOPE promotes transparency of lobbying activities through oversight and disclosure of the expenses, compensation, and activities of registered lobbyists and their clients. JCOPE does not limit lobbying efforts. All lobbying reports required by Legislative Law Article 1-A, known as the “Lobbying Act,” are publicly available filings.
... the operation of responsible democratic government requires that the fullest opportunity be afforded to the people to petition their government for the redress of grievances and to express freely to appropriate officials their opinions on legislation and governmental operations; and that, to preserve and maintain the integrity of the governmental decision-making process in this state, it is necessary that the identity, expenditures and activities of persons and organizations retained, employed or designated to influence the passage or defeat of any legislation...be publicly and regularly disclosed.