JLEC Advisory Opinion 2018-001

The Joint Legislative Ethics Committee issued Advisory Opinion 2018-001 on September 10, 2018. The Committee advises the following: Ohio law prohibits legislators and legislative employees from accepting travel expenses from a legislative agent (lobbyist) in the form of transportation in … Continue reading

What is NOT a Reportable Expenditure for Lobbying Disclosure Purposes?

Under Ohio’s lobbying law, the following are not considered reportable expenditures: Anything of value, excluding food and beverages, where the value of such item does not exceed $25.00. A charitable contribution exempt from federal income taxation under subsection 501(C)(3) of … Continue reading

It’s Not Just About Expenditures

The OLIG reminds all lobbyists and employers of the requirement to not only report expenditures, but also lobbying activity conducted during the reporting period. Legislative lobbying activity is promoting, advocating, opposing or otherwise influencing the passage, modification or defeat of … Continue reading

2018 National Conference Guidance

JLEC’s 2018 National Conference Guidance is now available! Don’t forget to review lobbying expenditure reporting requirements for expenditures associated with meetings/conferences of a National Organization to which any state agency or political subdivision pays membership dues.

Upcoming Fair Season

As we enter the heart of fair season, please remember fair passes are a thing of value.  While an individual pass to the State fair or your local county fair may not exceed $25, attending multiple days, or accepting multiple … Continue reading

January-April 2018 Delinquent Filers Published

January-April 2018 Activity & Expenditure Reports were due May 31, 2018. You can view the list of filers who are currently delinquent: AGENTS                        EMPLOYERS

Prohibition on receiving gifts of cash or the equivalent of cash from lobbyists

The calendar for the month of June is filled with weddings and other celebratory events. This is a good opportunity to remind Members and legislative staff of the prohibition on accepting a gift of cash or the equivalent of cash … Continue reading

Charitable Fundraisers

A complimentary ticket to a charitable fundraiser where the source is the entity holding the event is not a gift for lobbying reporting purposes or for the recipient legislator’s financial disclosure reporting purposes. A complimentary ticket to a charitable fundraiser … Continue reading

Financial Disclosure Statements

2017 Financial Disclosure Statements for 2018 Ohio General Assembly candidates are available at https://www2.jlec-olig.state.oh.us/fds/ReportsSearch.aspx.  You can search by a candidate’s first or last name.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact JLEC at 614-728-5100.

Prohibited Honorarium

Generally, Members and staff are prohibited from accepting any payment or gift(s) made in consideration for a speech, publication, or attendance at a public or private event.  For example, a Member is prohibited from accepting a gift card to their … Continue reading