Q: When someone refers to an LDA “quarterly filing,” what are they talking about?
A: Under the LDA, as amended by HLOGA in 2007, there are three different kinds of filing required:
- LD-1: also known as a “registration” – this registers a lobbying firm or corporation to register on behalf of an certain issue; this is a one-time report which must be filed within 45 days of the first lobbying contact
- LD-2: quarterly report that is filed by the original registrant (the lobbying firm or corporation). These reports are due 20 days after the close of each quarter (April 20, July 20, Oct. 20, and Jan. 20). This report is not for individuals, but it does list individuals working for a firm or corporation who are engaging in lobbying activity. Please note that individuals may be required to file this form if they are acting in a sole-proprietor capability.
- LD-203: a twice-yearly form required for both organizations and individuals; due July 20 and January 20. Please note that individuals who are acting in a sole-proprietor capability will need to file two reports – one on behalf of their organization, and one in their individual capacity.
Have a question for Compliance Q&A? Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.