Tuesday Ethics Tip: Deregistering as a Lobbyist

Since there are always some lobbyists that seem to be confused over whether, or when, to take themselves off the roster of lobbyists on LD-2 forms, here’s a refresher on de-registering as a lobbyists.

Lobbyists must be removed from the form LD-2 (the quarterly form stating income or expenditures on lobbying), on Line 23 of a current LD-2 form in order to be considered inactive. This “inactive” status frees them from the obligation of filing an LD-203 (the semi-annual filing of lobbyist campaign contributions).

As for de-registration triggers, lobbyists must de-register when have a reasonable expectation or knowledge that they will no longer be working on behalf of a particular client or issue.

Until a lobbyist is formally de-registered (using Line 23), he or she is obligated to file Form LD-203.



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