Lobbyists

WSSC adopted a Code of Ethics  which, among other things, requires lobbyists to register and file reports regarding lobbyist activity with the Board of Ethics.

Lobbyist Requirements

Traditionally, Lobbyists are people hired by groups, organizations, or businesses with particular interests to convince Legislators to pass or defeat legislation. As the name suggests, lobbyists often work the lobbies and corridors surrounding the legislative chambers, intercepting members and arguing their client's case.

Article 6 of the WSSC Code of Ethics addresses Lobbyists and Disclosure.  The Code states that “An individual or organization must register as a lobbyist if there is a Communication with a Commissioner or employee to influence executive or administrative action by WSSC, for compensation.”  In addition, the Code requires that each registered lobbyist file bi-annually with the Board of Ethics, a report, under oath, of its lobbying activities.  These reports must cover:

  1. the period from January through June 30, filed by July 31; and
  2. the period from July 1 through December 31, filed by January 31. 

If a lobbyist communicates with WSSC with the intent to influence and expends $100 or more during the reporting period, the lobbyist must register with the WSSC. Examples of expenditures include but are not limited to: Meals, beverages, special events, and gifts.

In addition, if a lobbyist communicates with WSSC with the intent to influence and is paid either $500 per lobbying employer per reporting period, OR $2,500 from all lobbying employers cumulatively during a reporting period, the lobbyist must register with the WSSC.

Failure to file timely reports could subject the lobbyist to late fees (imposed by the Board of Ethics) of $25 per day, not to exceed a total of $1,000. (See Article 2 of the Code of Ethics, § 2-5(e)).

Lobbyists must register with the WSSC within 5 days after an individual or organization first meets the requirements for Registration.  To register, the lobbyist must:

  1. Complete the registration form (Note: One form per lobbying employer is required)
  2. Remit fee of $100 per form to the Board of Ethics  

For more information concerning the requirements of the Code and limited exceptions, see Article 6 of the Code of Ethics.

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