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State Lobbying & Gift Law Guide


The 2019 edition of Wiley Rein’s State Lobbying & Gift Law Guide is now available! The Guide provides a comprehensive summary of lobbying, gift, and relevant ethics laws in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Revised in full each year, our Guide provides an invaluable reference for corporate counsel and others in determining whether your organization's contemplated state-level activities are permissible and what registration and reporting requirements might apply, in addition to pertinent gift rules. Unlike many other products on the market, our in-depth Guide includes citations to relevant authority as well as analysis based on advisory opinions and relevant interpretations of law issued on a state-by-state basis.

The Guide is written in a narrative format for legal practitioners and non-practitioners alike. Its focus is on clarity, organization, and comprehension. Among other information, each individual state includes a discussion of the following:

  • The definition(s) of legislative and executive branch lobbying and how the administrative agencies have interpreted the definition(s), including exemptions;
  • The threshold for registration and reporting as a lobbyist and as a lobbyist employer as well as the details of the process;
  • The lobbying laws covering government contracting and procurement;
  • The registration, reporting, and disclaimer requirements applicable to grassroots lobbying;
  • The general gift rules applicable to legislative and executive branch officials and employees; and
  • Special gift and campaign finance rules applicable to lobbyists, lobbyist employers, and vendors (such as gift bans, contribution bans, and the like).

The Guide is available for purchase either as a subscription service by jurisdiction or as a complete set. 

Subscribers can access the materials through our web portal. You can view a sample of the content available through the web portal here.

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