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DCMR
Chapter 31: Lobbying

3100 REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

3100.1 A person shall register as a lobbyist with the Director if that person, under the following circumstances:

(a) Receives compensation of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) or more in any three (3) consecutive calendar month period for lobbying;

(b) Receives compensation from more than one (1) source which totals two hundred fifty dollars ($250) or more in any three (3) consecutive month period for lobbying; and

(c ) Expends funds of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) or more in any three (3) consecutive calendar month period for lobbying.

3100.2 A person shall be exempt from the registration requirements if that person serves as
any of the following:

(a) A public official, or an employee of the United States acting in an official capacity;

(b) A publisher or working member of the press, radio, or television who, in the ordinary course of business, disseminates news or editorial comment to the general public;

(c ) Any candidate, member or member-elect of an Advisory Neighborhood Commission; or

(d) Any exempt organization specified in the District of Columbia tax code, the activities of which do not include lobbying and the financial result of its activities are attributed solely to the entity.

3100.3 A person who may be exempt from the registration requirements, pursuant to §3100.2, may be a registrant for others purposes under this chapter.

3100.4 The activity of any person who registers as a lobbyist and engages in lobbying shall not constitute a conflict of interest.

3100.5 A person shall register as a lobbyist by filing a registration form, on a form prescribed
by the Director.

3100.6 A registrant shall file a registration form for each person from whom compensation is
received.

3100.7 The registration form shall include the following:

(a) Registrantís name, permanent address and temporary address, if any, while lobbying;

(b) Name and address of each person designated to lobby on behalf of the registrant;

(c ) Name, address, and nature of the business of any person who compensates the registrant and the terms of the compensation;

(d) Identification, by formal designation if known, of matters on which the registrant expects to lobby; and

(e) Registrantís verification under oath of the required information.

3100.8 Each law firm, association or business entity shall register in the name of the respective entity, Provided, that a partner or a member who performs lobbying duties, pursuant to §3100.1, shall register as a lobbyist.

3101 ACTIVITY REPORTS

3101.1 Each registrant shall file an activity report, on a form prescribed by the Director, for each person from whom compensation is received during the reporting period only for lobbying for local affairs in the District of Columbia.

3101.2 The activity report shall include the following:

(a) A complete and current statement of information as shown on the registration form;

(b) An enumeration and break down of total lobbying expenditures;

(c ) A detailed accounting of any political expenditure, loan, gift, honorarium or contribution of fifty dollars ($50) or more made by the registrant or anyone acting on behalf of the registrant to benefit an official in the legislative or executive branch, a member of the officialís staff or household, or a campaign or testimonial committee established for the benefit of the official;

(d) An accounting of the aggregate of all expenditures less than fifty dollars ($50) made pursuant to §3101.2(c);

(e) Name and employment information for each official in the executive or legislative, and any member of the officialís personal staff, who was compensated in any manner by the registrant;

(f) Name of each official in the executive or legislative branch with whom the registrant has communicated in writing or orally during the reporting period related to lobbying activities;

(g) The name, address and nature of business of each person to whom the registrant has compensated to lobbying on behalf of the registrant, and an exact accounting of the time spent and the expenses incurred; and

(h) A pro rated listing of salaries paid to each lobbyist based on time spent on influencing any legislative action, administrative decision, or on each piece of local legislation.

3101.3 Each registrant shall maintain the following:

(a) A personal detailed account of time, expenses and compensation for lobbying; and

(b) All records in accordance with chapter 34 of this title.

3101.4 A registrant shall exclude from activity reports any transactions related to that personís exempt status, pursuant to §3100.2.

3102 FILING DEADLINES

3102.1 A registration form shall be filed by each registrant at the following times:

(a) Not later than 15 days after becoming a lobbyist; and

(b) On or before January 15th of each year.

3102.2 Activity reports of the previous six (6) month period shall be filed every year by each registrant at the following times:

(a) January 10th; and

(b) July 10th.

3102.3 A Lobbyist Short Form, on a form prescribed by the Director, shall be filed by a lobbyist who failed to perform any lobbying activities during the previous reporting period, at the following times:

(a) January 10th; and

(b) July 10th.

3102.4 A registrant shall notify the Director in writing within fifteen (15) days of the discontinuance of any lobbying activities.

3103 LIMITATIONS ON LOBBYING ACTIVITIES

3103.1 A registrant, or anyone acting on behalf of a registrant, shall be prohibited from offering, giving, or causing to be given a gift, directly or indirectly related to lobbying, to an official in the legislative or executive branch or member of the officialís staff, that exceeds one hundred dollars ($100) in value in the aggregate in any calendar year.

3103.2 An official in the legislative or executive branch or any member of the officialís staff shall be prohibited from soliciting or accepting anything, directly or indirectly related to lobbying, that exceeds one hundred dollars ($100) in value in the aggregate in any calendar year.

3103.3 The term, "gift," as used in §3103, excludes contributions made pursuant to chapter 30 of this title.

3103.4 A person shall be prohibited from intentionally engaging in the following:

(a) making any false or misleading statement or misrepresentation of the facts relative to any pending administrative decisions or legislative actions to any official in the legislative or executive branch;

(b) Causing a copy of a document, knowing the document to contain a false statement, pursuant to §3103.3(a), to be transmitted to an official in the legislative or executive branch without notifying the official in writing of the truth; and

(c ) Selling or utilizing any information copied from registration forms and activity reports, pursuant to §§3100 and 3101, or from lists compiled from registration forms and activity reports, for soliciting campaign contributions or selling tickets to a fundraising affair or for any commercial purpose.

3103.4 Except as provided in §3100.2, a public official shall be precluded from employment as a lobbyist while acting as a public official.

3103.5 Penalties for any violations of this chapter shall be imposed pursuant to chapter 37 of this title.