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Contacting Government Officials and Employees
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Contacting Government Officials and Employees

Federal and state government entities impose extensive registration and disclosure requirements on persons who lobby public officials. These requirements apply not only to outside "contract" lobbyists, but also to lobbyist clients and organizations that use internal employees to lobby federal, state, or local governments. Registered individuals and organizations may also be subject to their own disclosure obligations, as well as special restrictions on gifts and political contributions. Failure to satisfy these lobbying rules may result in criminal penalties, civil fines, and negative publicity. 

Caplin & Drysdale advises and trains major corporations and tax-exempt organizations, including charities, social welfare organizations, and trade associations, regarding their obligations under federal and state lobbying regimes. Call the firm's Political Law group when:

    • Monitoring and reporting lobbying activities under the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA), Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), and comparable state laws;
    • Planning contacts with executive branch officials, legislators, and other government personnel;
    • Preparing for a Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit of federal lobbying activities;
    • Reviewing lobbying disclosure practices in state and local government affairs departments; and
    • Training lobbying personnel on government ethics rules.
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