Reminder – Electronic Payment

In 2019, the OLIG created an online payment portal for lobbying fees. In March 2020, the OLIG advised that we are no longer accepting cash, money orders or physical checks for payment of lobbying engagements.  Payment must be made electronically … Continue reading

May-August 2020 Delinquent Filers Published

May-August 2020 Activity & Expenditure Reports were due September 30, 2020. You can view the list of filers who are currently delinquent: AGENTS                        EMPLOYERS

What is Executive Agency Lobbying Activity?

Executive agency lobbying activity is defined as promoting, opposing or otherwise influencing the outcome of an executive agency decision regarding: The expenditure of state funds or an award of any contract, grant, lease or other financial arrangement under which state … Continue reading

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

Terminations

While lobbying engagements expire by statute (legislative expires at the end of each general assembly session whereas executive and retirement expire annually) there are times when either a lobbyist or their client (employer) may need to terminate an engagement prior … Continue reading

Fixing Electronic Filing Errors

The Joint Legislative Ethics Committee (JLEC), strives to offer the most effective and efficient service to our registered lobbyists. Recently, we have seen a few common issues arise when uploading electronic documents: The filer is not uploading the signature page. … Continue reading

January-April 2020 Delinquent Filers Published

January-April 2020 Activity & Expenditure Reports were due June 1, 2020. You can view the list of filers who are currently delinquent: AGENTS                        EMPLOYERS

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