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Lobbyist Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is the definition of a lobbyist?

Iowa Code 68B.13 defines a "lobbyist" as an individual who, by acting directly, does any of the following:
1. Receives compensation to encourage the passage, defeat, approval, veto or modification of legislation, a rule, or an executive order by the members of the general assembly, a state agency, or any statewide elected official.

2. Is a designated representative of an organization which has as one of its purposes the encouragement of the passage, defeat, approval, veto or modification of legislation, a rule, or an executive order before the general assembly, a state agency, or any statewide elected official.

3. Represents the position of a federal, state, or local government agency, in which the person serves or is employed as the designated representative, for purposes of encouraging the passage, defeat, approval, veto, or modification of legislation, a rule, or an executive order by members of the general assembly, a state agency, or any statewide elected official.

4. Makes expenditures of more than one thousand dollars in a calendar year, other than to pay compensation to an individual who provides the services specified under subparagraph (1) or to communicate with only the members of the general assembly who represent the district in which the individual resides, to communicate in person with members of the general assembly, a state agency, or any statewide elected official for purposes of encouraging the passage, defeat, approval, veto, or modification of legislation, a rule, or an executive order.


How do I register?

Depending on who you will be lobbying, you will file a Lobbyist Registration Statement prior to engaging in any lobbying activity, pursuant to Iowa Code section 68B.36. If you will be lobbying the executive branch, you register electronically with the Board. If you will be lobbying the general assembly, please see the link to their website for more information. The registration requires that you provide who your clients are, what your area(s) of interest are, and which agencies you anticipate lobbying. Registrations must be filed each year, after December 1, but before engaging in any lobbying activity for that year.


Are there restrictions on contributions from lobbyists?

Iowa Code section 68A.504 states: "A lobbyist or political committee, other than a state statutory political committee, county statutory political committee, or a national political party shall not contribute to, act as an agent or intermediary for contributions to, or arrange for the making of monetary or in-kind contributions to the campaign of an elected state official, member of the general assembly, or candidate for state office on any day during the regular legislative session and, in the case of the governor or gubernatorial candidate, during the thirty days following the adjournment of a regular legislative session allowed for the signing of bills. (Note: this does not apply to special sessions).