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Uber Agrees to $98,000 Fine for NY Lobbying Reporting Violations

July 2017
Election Law News

In June, Uber Technologies Inc. and the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) reached an agreement to settle allegations that Uber’s New York lobbying reports covering 2015-2016 were inaccurate. As part of the settlement agreement, Uber will pay a $98,000 fine. The settlement agreement also requires Uber to provide JCOPE with any requested records regarding its 2017-2018 reports so that JCOPE can confirm the accuracy of Uber’s 2017-2018 filings.

JCOPE notified Uber after identifying a number of apparent discrepancies on Uber’s reports covering 2015 and 2016. Uber determined that it had failed to disclose $6.3 million in lobbying compensation and expenses in 2015 and 2016 and amended its reports. According to the settlement agreement, the discrepancies were a result of errors by both Uber and an outside firm that Uber hired to prepare and file reports.