Lobbying Overview
Filing Deadline Extended, Audits Suspended
COVID-19 and Lobbying Filings
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, JCOPE has decided to further extend the deadline for all Lobbying filing submissions, including the 2020 January/February Lobbyist Bi-Monthly Report, until April 15 and will also not accept hand delivery of paper filings at our office until April 15.

We are also suspending the Lobbying Random Audit Program until further notice. JCOPE's operations will be reduced for a time. Click the relevant button below for more information.
Lobbying Overview
What is Lobbying?

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.

Public Disclosure and the Lobbying Act

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.

Legislative Declaration

... 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.

February 5, 2020 Lobbying Overview Training

Lobbying overview and training with a Lobbying Application demonstration.

Filing Information and Requirements
After you have identified your role in the lobbying process (whether as a Lobbyist, Client, or a Public Corporation), you should be aware of the filing and other requirements you will have. Clicking the button below will direct you to information related to forms, filing fees, online filing system, retention requirements, late fees, penalties, and prohibitions applicable to all filers regulated by JCOPE.

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What are you trying to do?
File Online

Connect to the Lobbying Online Filing System to submit required reports.

View Publicly Available Lobbying Data

All lobbying reports filed with JCOPE are publicly accessible.

Other Lobbying Data