Lobbyist contributions (LD-203)

Publisher: Senate Office of Public Records Start Date: 2017 End Date: 2017 Record Count: 1,023,510

Collection: Money in politics
Description: Contributions to politicians made by lobbyists must be reported.

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Additional Notes: Registrants and lobbyists must file a semiannual contribution report (LD-203) by July 30 and January 30 (or on the next business day should either day occur on a weekend or holiday) for each semiannual period in which a registrant or lobbyist remains active (and regardless of whether they do or do not make reportable contributions). An “active” registrant is one that has not filed a valid termination report for all clients. An “active” lobbyist is an individual who has been listed on any registration (LD-1) or quarterly activity report (LD-2) and who has not been terminated/delisted by the registrant. If a lobbyist is listed as active on a quarterly activity report (LD-2) for all or any part of a semi-annual period, he or she must file a contribution report (LD-203) for that period (see Guidance Section 8). 2 U.S.C. § 1604 states that “each person or organization who is registered or is required to register…and each employee who is or is required to be listedas a lobbyist…shall file a report.” Thus, the requirement to file a contribution report (LD-203) falls upon all lobbyists who were listed on a registration (LD-1) or quarterly activity report (LD-2), regardless of whether they were required to be listed (as in the case in which a registrant listed an individual as a lobbyist in an abundance of caution). Any lobbyist who is reported on a registration (LD-1) or quarterly activity report (LD-2) must file a contribution report (LD-203), unless that lobbyist has been terminated/delisted on the quarterly activity report (LD-2) for all clients of the registrant prior to the beginning of the relevant LD-203 filing period. The Secretary and the Clerk view the registration (LD-1) and quarterly activity report (LD-2) as determinative for an individual lobbyist’s obligation to file a contribution report (LD-203).