The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics announced today that it has reached settlements with two lobbying entities and their principals for failing to file timely lobbying reports, in some cases by more than six months.
The first settlement is with York Group Associates, LLC and Tiffany Raspberry, individually. In the settlement, York and Raspberry admitted violating sections 1-e and 1-h of the Lobbying Act and agreed to pay a fine of $2,500. As part of the settlement, York and Raspberry also executed an Affidavit of Confession of Judgment in the amount of $12,725, enforcement of which will be triggered should they fail to timely file a report two or more times within the next year.
In the second settlement, Polsinelli Public Affairs, LLC and Frederico Polsinelli, Jr., individually, admitted to violating sections 1-e and 1-h of the Lobbying Act for repeatedly failing to file statements of registration (and often required amendments), as well as lobbyist bi-monthly reports in a timely manner. They agreed to pay the Commission a $2,500 fine as well as $2,436.69 in outstanding late fees that have been referred to the Office of the Attorney General for collection, and executed an Affidavit of Confession of Judgment of $30,415 that can be enforced if they make two late filings anytime in the next four years.
In both cases, the Commission considered that parties’ financial situations, including York and Raspberry’s recent agreement with the New York City Lobbying Bureau to pay a nearly $12,000 fine for late filings. Both Affidavits of Confession of Judgment cover both the penalties and fees due.
Timely and proper filing of required lobbying reports is essential to providing New York’s taxpayers with as much information as possible about lobbying activity to influence government decision-making.