When it comes to tracking meetings between lobbyists and legislators, San Francisco has taken impressive steps toward online disclosure. Lobbyists... View ArticleContinue reading
Lobbyists, lobbying disclosure, and lobbying reform were the topics of an Advisory Committee on Transparency panel discussion this past Monday... View ArticleContinue reading
The committee room before the full crowd arrived. The Advisory Committee on Transparency‘s event earlier today was a huge success... View ArticleContinue reading
Improving federal lobbying laws is the focus of a new report released by a task force of the American Bar... View ArticleContinue reading
As part of our Statelight project, we’re reaching out to open government and open data activists around the country to contribute to (and expand!) the #opengov dialogue. Today, we welcome Diana Lopez to give some insight into the complications of lobbying reform. Lopez is the Senior Editor of Government Lobbying at Sunshine Review. She focuses on government lobbying disclosure and moderates #FOIAchat, a weekly Freedom of Information Act Twitter chat held every Friday at 2PM EST.
When looking at lobbying figures, it is important to keep in mind that you're looking at reported lobbying data. Not all lobbying is reported, however. Under federal law, lobbyists must register only if they:
- make more than one contact,
- spend more than 20 percent of their time lobbying
- have more than $11,500 in expenses, or
- have $3,000 in income from lobbying per quarter.
With notable exceptions, such as the White House visitor logs being released, the efforts we have seen towards openness are still almost entirely intentions, plans, and initiative rather than outcomes that have tangibly resulted in more actual transparency.Continue reading
The following appears in the National Journal’s new “lobbying experts” blog launched last week. I will be posting there regularly.... View ArticleContinue reading
Following up on the previous post, I took a look at the Baird bill (H.R. 682) to require disclosure of... View ArticleContinue reading
Earlier this month, the Inspector General responsible for overseeing the government’s bailout of the financial sector released an audit of... View ArticleContinue reading