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

The Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government promotes transparency of lobbying activities through oversight and disclosure of the expenses, compensation, and activities of registered lobbyists and their clients.  The Commission 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.

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 the Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government are publicly accessible.

Mandated Training
Ethics Training for Lobbyists and Clients
For the latest up-to-date information on the expanded mandated Ethics training requirement for Lobbyists and Clients, please refer to the link below.

Other Lobbying Data