Practices  |  Election Law & Government Ethics

Federal & State Lobbying

Overview

Wiley Rein regularly advises clients on compliance with federal, state, and local lobbying laws. As recognized in Chambers USA, our Election Law & Government Ethics Practice “[o]ffers expertise across a range of areas, including state and federal lobbying regulations.”

Federal Lobbying Compliance Counseling. We routinely advise corporations, trade associations, nonprofit organizations, and lobbying firms regarding compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) and the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (HLOGA). We regularly lead compliance training sessions for our clients. Our attorneys and reporting specialists assist clients with preparing and filing federal lobbying reports. In addition to assisting clients in complying with the LDA’s registration, reporting, and recordkeeping obligations, we represent clients during U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) audits. Notably, our practice features Robert L. Walker, a former Chief Counsel and Staff Director of both the Senate and House ethics committees who is an expert in congressional ethics and lobbying rules, and reporting specialists with particular experience regarding the LD-1, LD-2, and LD-203 lobbying reporting forms required by the LDA and HLOGA. 

State & Local Lobbying Compliance Counseling. Lobbying regimes at the state and local levels present similar challenges, and our attorneys offer unparalleled knowledge and insight in these areas. We regularly advise corporations, trade associations, nonprofit organizations, and lobbying firms on whether particular activities are regulated as “lobbying” or “grassroots lobbying,” as well as whether lobbying registration or reporting is required. As a full-service shop, our attorneys and reporting specialists also assist clients with preparing and filing state and local lobbying reports in jurisdictions across the country. In addition, our annual Lobbying & Gift Law Guide provides a comprehensive overview of the lobbying, gift, and ethics laws in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Wiley Rein also represents clients before state and local agencies and boards as needed. 

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