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Travel & Events: Overview

Friday, April 30th, 2010 by Vbhotla

Yesterday, hosted an audioconference with Ki P. Hong of Skadden Arps, a top political law practitioner.

While of course we want you to attend our seminars to get the full inside scoop, here’s a look at a couple of the topics he covered.

  • Overview of the LDA / HLOGA filing requirements: In order to register as a lobbying entity (with in-house lobbyists): A company must have at least one employee who spends 20% or more of his or her working time engaging in lobbying activity; That same employee must have made 2 or more lobbying contacts; and the company must spend more than $11,500 on such lobbying activity over a 3-month period.  If registering a lobbying firm, the same personal thresholds, AND the firm’s  lobbying income for a particular client must exceed $3,000 over a 3-month period.
  • LD-203 filing: As a best practice, make sure your company, association, or lobbying firm has a robust and enforceable gift policy across all levels, not just for your government relations staff.
  • Sponsoring travel: organizations employing or retaining a lobbyist to lobby on their own behalf may sponsor one-day travel for members of Congress or Congressional staffers, but MUST submit their proposed sponsorship to the appropriate (House or Senate) Ethics Committee for pre-approval.

More detailed info on sponsoring travel & events is in our handy-dandy Compliance Center.

Travel and Events Training Session this Thursday

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 by Brittany

Join Ki P. Hong of Skadden Arps – one of the nation’s leading legal authorities on HLOGA – as he explains exactly how travel and event requirements have changed since 2007, including how to comply with tough certification rules that apply even to employees not usually covered by lobbying law (including federal contractors).

Click here for complete conference details and to register online.