Ethics

Gift Reimbursement

A reportable person may reimburse a lobbyist or employer for any expenditure made for their benefit. However, there is an important distinction to make when a reportable person partially reimburses the lobbyist or employer for a reportable gift.  A reportable … Continue reading

Splitting the Cost of a Gift Among Various Sources

Lobbyists and employers may make an expenditure in conjunction with other persons. While each lobbyist/employer is only required to report their proportionate share of a gift, they may NOT split an expenditure that is really a single gift in order … Continue reading

Reminder: That award may be a reportable lobbying expenditure!

If the entity presenting the award/plaque is the employer of a lobbyist, and the value of the award/plaque is greater than $25, it must be disclosed on the organization’s corresponding Activity & Expenditure Report (AER) and is subject to the … Continue reading

Why is the 10 day non-disputed notice important?

Ohio law requires a lobbyist or employer who makes an itemized expenditure (where the recipient’s name is disclosed) to provide non-disputed notice to the recipient at least 10 days prior to filing the corresponding activity & expenditure report.  The non-disputed … Continue reading

We’re Still Available (COVID19 – JLEC Staff Status Through May 4)

Please be advised that JLEC staff will be available remotely during normal business hours and able to assist you.  At this time, we will not be able to process physical checks or signature pages.  All forms and payments must be … Continue reading

2020 National Political Party Nominating Conventions

Members of the Ohio General Assembly, legislative staff, statewide public officials, and executive agency staff may be in attendance at the presidential nominating convention for their respective political parties later this summer.  Ohio lobbyists and their employers may also be … Continue reading

“Invited” is not the same as “will not kick you out”

Recently, JLEC staff learned of lobbyists and employers treating receptions and football tailgates as “all invited” events for lobbying expenditure reporting purposes even though few legislators are invited to attend. The rationale offered is while only a few House or … Continue reading

2019 National Conference Guidance

Are you planning to attend a meeting or conference of a national organization to which the State of Ohio or political subdivision pays membership dues?  The 2019 National Conference Memorandum is now available. Questions or concerns?  Please contact the OLIG … Continue reading

Expenditure Basics

An expenditure is any payment, reimbursement or gift of anything of value provided by a lobbyist or an employer for the use or benefit of a reportable person regardless of the purpose for which it is given.  An expenditure includes: … Continue reading

2019 Memorial Tournament

Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin will host the PGA’s annual Memorial Tournament and related events Monday, May 27 – Sunday, June 2, 2019.  The following guidance concerns reporting requirements for lobbyists and employers of lobbyists who provide Memorial Tournament … Continue reading