Who is a lobbyist? New York ethics opinion blurs lines and raises questions

Who qualifies as a lobbyist? Is a political consultant a lobbyist? What about someone with a public relations firm?

Understanding the definition of a lobbyist under state law and, additionally, who must register and complete lobbyist filings is an important consideration for both lobbyists and their employers and clients. In January 2016, the state of New York’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) issued an advisory opinion outlining when New York’s Lobbying Act covers services provided by political consultants and public relations firms. The opinion also addresses when grassroots activity constitutes reportable lobbying activity. Read More >>


Ethics, Lobbying