State Lobbyist Disclosure Forms

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A State-by-State Look at Lobbyist Disclosure Requirements and Forms.

Last Updated July 2, 2012

State-by-State Lobbyist Activity Disclosure Requirements

  • Name of Recipient: Do lobbyists have to disclose the name of the person who received any money or contact from the lobbyist?
  • Quarterly Disclosure: Are lobbyists required to disclose their expenditures at least once every quarter?
  • Name of Client: Do lobbyists have to disclose the name of the principal client on whose behalf they gave a certain expenditure?
  • Issue/Action: Do lobbyists have to disclose the issue they lobbied to change or the action they wanted taken by an executive agency?
  • Employers: Do those who employ lobbying services also have to complete spending reports?
  • Date: Are lobbyists required to list the date they made any contact with an elected official?
  • Online: Can lobbyists submit and file electronically?
  • Expenditure: Are expenditure reports available online?
  • List: Can the public access a list of lobbyists registered in the state?
  • List Online: Is this list online and available in a searchable and sortable format? 
  • State Integrity Grade: What grade did the State Integrity Investigation give regarding potential corruption?

Explantion of Chart: A white box means that the answer to the corresponding question is "Yes." A gray box means the answer to the corresponding question is "No." The text is, if necessary, a further explanation or clarification of the state's practices, but the two-color system makes it easy for those just looking for a yes or now answer to quickly figure it out.

Sources: Every answer to these questions was found from one of the four following sources: The section of the state's code regarding lobbying disclosure (linked in the "State" column), information from the State Integrity Investigation's Lobbying Disclosure (linked in the "State Integrity Grade" column), the actual disclosure form for each state (found in the table below this one), and the website of the state's ethics commission or equivalent (found at the table on the bottom of the page).

  State
    Name of Recipient
    Quarterly Disclosure
    Name of Client     Issue/Action
    Employers
    Date
    Online     Expenditures     List
    List Online
    State Integrity Grade  
  AL
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Expenditures Only
    Yes
    Yes     No
    Yes
    PDF for Previous Year
    C-  
  AK
    Yes
    Monthly In Session, Quarterly Out
    Only on Yearly Registration Forms
    No
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    In Juneau
    Yes
    Current, but PDF
    C  
  AZ     Yes
    Yes
    Yes     No
    Expenditures Only
    Yes     Yes
    Not Online
    Can Search but No List
    No
    F  
  AR     Yes
    Yes--Monthly if Lobbying for General Assembly
    Yes
    No
  No
  Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
C
CA Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
A
CO Yes
Monthly
Yes
Yes No
Only for Gift or Entertainment
Yes Yes
Yes
List is PDF
C-
CT
Yes
Tri-Yearly--Monthly if Lobbying for General Assembly
Yes
Yes
Yes
Only for Expenditures Benefitting Public Officials
Yes
Yes
Yes
PDF
B
DE
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Only if Over $50
Yes
Doesn't Load
Doesn't Load
No
F
DC
Yes
Semi-Annually
Yes
"Purpose"
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
N/A
FL Yes
Yes, but Compensation--Not Spending
Yes
No
Firms, not Employers
Yes
Yes
Only Compensation
Yes
PDF
D
GA
Only When Recipient is Legislator
Monthly, Semi-Monthly When in Session
Yes
Not in Practice
No
Yes Yes Only Searchable
Yes
Excel
F
HI No
Tri-Yearly
Yes
Vague Categories
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
PDF
D-
ID Yes
Monthly When in Session. If Only Executive Branch, Semi-Annually
Yes
Yes
Signature on Lobbyist Forms (One per Employer)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes PDF
C+
IL Yes
Semi-Monthly
Yes
Not in Practice
Expenditures Only
Yes Yes
Yes
Yes
PDF
C-
IN Yes
Semi-Annually
Yes
Detailed Checklist
Yes
No
Yes Yes
Yes Excel Until 2010
B-
IA No
Annually by Employer
Yes No Yes
No
Yes Yes Yes
Not Sortable
B
KS Yes Monthly for First Four Months, Two Afterwards
Yes No
No
No
Yes No
Yes Not Sortable
F
KY Yes Monthly for First Four Month, Two Afterwards
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
PDF
B+
LA Yes Monthly Yes Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes Yes Exportable to Many Formats
D+
ME Yes Monthly Yes
Yes No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes Excel F
MD Yes
Semi-Annually
Yes Not in Practice
Only if Lobbyists Don't
Yes
Yes Yes
Yes PDF
D-
MA Yes Semi-Annually
Yes Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
B
MI Only for Food/Drink
Semi-Annually
Yes Yes
Expenditures Only
Only for Food/Drink
Yes
Yes Yes Online Spreadsheet
F
MN Yes
Semi-Annually
Yes
Only Type of Action
Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
F
MS Yes Two While In Session
Yes Yes Yes
Yes
Yes Post-2010 Not Online/Salaries Only
Yes No
B
MO Yes
Monthly Yes No
No
Yes
Yes Yes
Yes Excel D-
MT Yes
No
Yes
"Issue Area"
They, Not Lobbyists, Complete Forms
No
Yes Yes Yes
.CSV, but Split Up by Last Name
F
NE
Yes Yes Yes No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes Yes No
B+
NV Yes Monthly While In Session
Yes Yes No
No
Yes Yes Yes
PDF F
NH Yes
Yes Yes No
No
No No
No
Yes PDF D+
NJ Yes Yes, but no Spending on Quarterly Reports
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes Yes Excel A
NM Yes Every 48 Hours While in Session
Yes Vauge Issue
No
Yes
Yes Yes Yes Excel
F
NY Yes
Bi-Monthly
Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes
Yes Online B-
NC Yes
Monthly In Session, Quarterly Out
Yes No
Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
A
ND Yes Annually
Yes Yes No
Yes No
Not Online
Yes No
F
OH No
Tri-Annually
Yes
Vague
Expenditures Only
No
Yes
Yes Yes Excel
F
OK Yes Semi-Annually
Yes
No
No
Yes Yes Gifts Only
Yes .CSV
F
OR Yes Yes
Yes
"Purpose"
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Excel C-
PA Yes
Yes
Yes
Detailed Checklist
Expenditures Only
Yes
Yes No
Yes PDF
D-
RI Yes Monthly for Legislative, Semi-Annually for Executive
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes Yes
Yes No
C+
SC Not Always
Semi-Annually
Yes Yes Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes Yes No
B
SD No
Yearly Yes Yes
Expenditures Only
Yes No In Process
Yes Yes
F
TN Yes
Semi-Annually
Yes
Categories
They, Not Lobbyists, Complete Forms
No
Yes Yes Yes Yes C-
TX Yes
Monthly
Yes Detailed Checklist
No
Only for Expenditures
Yes
Yes
Yes Excel C-
UT Only in Registration
Yes
Yes No
Expenditures Only
Yes
Yes Yes Yes
No
D
VT Yes Tri-Annually
Yes No
Yes
Yes
Yes Yes Yes Excel B-
VA Yes Once Per Session
Yes
Yes Affidavit of Approval
Yes Yes No
Yes
No
F
WA Yes Monthly Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes
Yes
PDF
A
WV Yes Tri-Annually
Yes
Vauge
Signature on Lobbyist Form
No No
No
Yes PDF
F
WI No
Semi-Annually Yes
If It Takes Up More Than 10% of Time
Lobbyist Even Signs It
Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes B
WY
Yes Once a Year/Can Be After Session Ends
Yes No
Only if Lobbyists Don't
Yes
No No
Yes PDF
F

State Lobbying Disclosure Forms

State
Form or Resource
AL
Disclosure Form
AK
Disclosure Form
AZ Disclosure Form
AR Disclosure Form
CA Disclosure Form
CO Disclosure Form
CT Disclosure Form
DE
Disclosure Form (Page 49/A-10) (Bill on the Way)
DC
Disclosure Form
FL Disclosure Form
GA Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission: Page on Lobbying
HI Disclosure Form
ID Disclosure Form
IL Disclosure Form
IN Disclosure Form
IA Lobbyist Function Report Instructions (Filled Out Client-side)
KS Disclosure Form(s) Page 1 Page 2Page 3 Page 4 Page 5
KY Disclosure Form
LA Disclosure Forms: Legislative and Executive
ME Disclosure Form
MD Disclosure Form
MA Disclosure Form Submission Instructions (Page 29) (Lobbyist Search)
MI Disclosure Form
MN Disclosure Form
MS Lobbying Handbook (Page 10)
MO Disclosure Form
MT Disclosure Form
NE Disclosure Form
NV Lobbyist Information
NH Disclosure Form (Addenda A, B, and C)
NJ Disclosure Form (Save to Computer if Link Does't Work in Browser)
NM Disclosure Form [.xls spreadhsset ]
NY Disclosure Form
NC Disclosure Form ("Lobbyist Expense Long Form")
ND Disclosure Form
OH Lobbyist Tutorial (Page 4)
OK Lobbyist Tutorial (Page 31)
OR Disclosure Form
PA Disclosure Form
RI Disclosure Instructions
SC State Ethics Commission Lobbying Page (Search for Examples)
SD Sec. of State: Information Access System
TN Disclosure Form
TX Disclosure Form
UT
Lobbyist List (Contains Forms)
VT Disclosure Form
VA Disclosure Form
WA
Disclosure Form
WV Disclosure Form (Expenditure Detail, Shared Expense Report)
WI Disclosure Form
WY
Disclosure Form

State-Run Lobbyist Websites

State
Link
AL
Alabama Ethics Commission
AK Alaska Public Offices Commission
AZ
Office of the Secretary of State
AR Arkansas Secretary of State
CA Cal-Access
CO Colorado Secretary of State
CT Office of Governmental Accountability within the Office of State Ethics
DE
Delaware Public Integrity Commission
DC
Office of Campaign Finance
FL Online Sunshine (The Florida Legislature)
GA Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission
HI Hawaii State Ethics Commission
ID Idaho Secretary of State: Election Division
IL
Lobbyist Division: Illinois Secretary of State
IN Indiana Lobby Registration Commission
IA The Iowa Legislature General Assembly
KS Office of the Secretary of State
KY Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission
LA Louisiana Ethics Administration Program
ME Office of Govermental Ethics and Election Practices
MD State Ethics Commission
MA Secretary of the Commonwealth: Lobbyist Division
MI Michigan Department of State
MN Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board
MS Secretary of State: Elections
MO Missouri Ethics Commission
MT Montana Commission of Political Practices
NE Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission
NV Nevada Legislature
NH New Hampshire Secretary of State
NJ New Jersey Campaign Finance and Lobbying Disclosure: Election Law Enforcement Commission
NM New Mexico Secretary of State
NY Joint Commission on Public Ethics
NC North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State
ND North Dakota Secretary of State
OH Ohio Lobbying Activity Center
OK Oklahoma Ethics Commission
OR Oregon Government Ethics Commission
PA Pennsylvania Department of State
RI Office of the Secretary of State
SC South Carolina State Ethics Commission: Public Disclosure and Accountability Reporting System
SD South Dakota Secretary of State
TN Tennessee Ethics Commission: Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance
TX Texas Ethics Commission
UT Utah Lobbyist Online
VT Vermont Secretary of State: Elections Division
VA Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
WA Washington State Public Disclosure Commission
WV West Virginia Ethics Commission
WI Wisconsin Governmental Accountability Board: Eye on Lobbying
WY
Wyoming Secretary of State
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