O.C.G.A. 21-5-73 requires that all lobbyists file lobbyist reports to disclose: all expenditures (or the value thereof) made on behalf/for the benefit of a public officer by the lobbyist, anyone who works for the lobbyist or any of the lobbyists’ clients ( if the lobbyist has actual knowledge of such expenditure).
The description of each reported expenditure shall include:
- The name and title of the public officer or, if the expenditure is simultaneously incurred for an identifiable group of public officers, (such as a committee or caucus), a general description of that identifiable group;
- The amount, date, and description of the expenditure
- A summary of all spending classified by category. Such categories shall include gifts, meals, entertainment, lodging, equipment, advertising, travel, and postage;
- Lobbyist reports should disclose expenses for travel and for food, beverage, and lodging afforded a public officer
- In addition, lobbyists must disclose an aggregate of all expenses incurred during the reporting period for food, beverage, or expenses afforded public officers, members of their immediate families, or others that are associated with normal and customary business or social functions or activities; as well as food, beverages, and registration at group events to which all members of an agency are invited. See 21-5-70(1)(E)(vii) and (x).
- If applicable, the number of the bill, resolution, ordinance, or regulation pending before the governmental entity or state agency in support of or opposition to which the expenditure was made
For Vendor Lobbyists, the name of the vendor(s) for which the lobbyist undertook to influence the awarding of a contract(s) by any state agency: a description of the contract(s) in question and their monetary amount(s)
For State Agency lobbyists, the name of the individual or entity for which the lobbyist undertook to influence the rule or regulation of a state agency.
Lobbyist reports must be filed in addition to any Vendor Gift Disclosure reports required under O.C.G.A. 45-1-6, relating to gifts by state vendors to public employees, notwithstanding the fact that in some cases the same information may be required to be disclosed under both Code sections.
By electronically submitting his/her lobbyist disclosure report, a lobbyist affirms that that report is true, complete, and correct.
All lobbyists shall have a grace period of three business days in filing all disclosure reports.Print This Page