Lobbyist Information – Exemptions from registering and reporting

Idaho Statute § 67-6618

Not every person who lobbies is required to file with the Secretary of State. The following persons are exempt from registering and reporting:

  • Persons who limit their lobbying activities to appearances before public sessions of committees of the legislature.
  • Persons who limit their lobbyist activities to appearances or participation in public meetings, public hearings or public readings held or initiated by executive officials or their employees.
  • Persons who are employees of an entity engaged in the business of publishing, broadcasting or televising, while engaged in the gathering and dissemination of news and comments thereon to the general public in the ordinary course of business.
  • Persons who do not receive any compensation for lobbying and persons whose compensation for lobbying does not exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250) in the aggregate during any calendar quarter, including persons who lobby on behalf of their employer or employers, and the lobbying activity represents less than the equivalent of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) of the employee’s time per calendar year quarter, based on an hourly proration of said employee’s compensation.
  • Elected state officers and state executive officers appointed by the governor subject to confirmation by the senate; elected officials of political subdivisions of the state of Idaho acting in their official capacity; and their employees acting in their official capacity.
  • A person who represents a bona fide church (of which he is a member) solely for the purpose of protecting the constitutional right to the free exercise of religion.
  • Employees of a corporation, if such corporation: (a) has registered as a lobbyist and (b) has designated one or more of its employees as its official lobbyist, and (c) the person so designated by the corporation has also registered as a lobbyist.

System Upgrade In Progress

Campaign Finance, Lobbyist Reporting, and Online Voter Tools are expected to be offline from April 9th at 5:00 p.m. MDT, through April 12th at 8:00 a.m. MDT to complete a system upgrade.

Per Idaho Code 67-6607, campaign finance is reported monthly during a campaign’s election year. The deadline for the March report falls on Saturday, April 10th. Due to the interruption caused by this upgrade, political treasurers will be allowed to file the March report until 11:59 p.m. MDT on Monday, April 12th.

While we do our best to ensure compliance with all deadlines in statute, the timing of this release is critical to ensure minimal (or no) impact to the May election cycle. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.