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Idaho Code §67-6623(g) requires the online submission of all Lobbyist Reports to the Secretary of State’s Office. Online filing of your Lobbyist Registration is highly encouraged. The Secretary of State may, on an individual basis, issue exemptions of the online filing requirement to lobbyists that face hardship in submitting these documents in an online format. Forms must be submitted by the lobbyist requesting the exemption.

E-1L Exemption Request Form

Who is a lobbyist?
Anyone attempting through contacts with, or causing others to make contact with, members of the legislature or legislative committees or an executive official, to influence the approval, modification or rejection of any legislation by the legislature of the state of Idaho or any committee thereof or by the governor or to develop or maintain relationships with, promote goodwill with, or entertain members of the legislature or executive officials.
Who is an executive official?
An executive official for lobbying purposes is defined in 67-6602(9). (9) “Executive official” means:
  1. The governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state controller, state treasurer, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction and any deputy or staff member of one (1) of those individuals who, within the course and scope of his or her employment, is directly involved in major policy influencing decisions for the office;
  2. A state department or agency director, deputy director, division administrator or bureau chief as established and enumerated in sections 67-2402 and 67-2406, Idaho Code;
  3. The membership and the executive or chief administrative officer of any board or commission that is authorized to make rules or conduct rulemaking activities pursuant to section 67-5201, Idaho Code;
  4. The membership and the executive or chief administrative officer of any board or commission that governs any of the state departments enumerated in section 67-2402, Idaho Code, not including public school districts;
  5. The membership and the executive or chief administrative officer of the Idaho public utilities commission, the Idaho industrial commission, and the Idaho state tax commission; and
  6. The members of the governing board of the state insurance fund, and the members of the governing board and the executive or chief administrative officer of the Idaho housing and finance association, the Idaho energy resources authority, and the Idaho state building authority.
In 2007, Governor Otter issued an Executive Order declaring that the amended definition of “executive official” under title 67, section 6602 of the Idaho Code, for the purposes of title 67, chapter 66, shall also include staff members employed within the Office of the Governor.
Is everyone required to register as a lobbyist if they contact a legislator or testify before a legislative committee?
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.
Are name tags furnished to the lobbyist by the Secretary of State?
No. The Sunshine Law does not require a name tag, however, protocol dictates a green name tag with white lettering for lobbyists. Name tags can be obtained from rubber stamp companies and sporting good stores with an engraving service.
When is a lobbyist required to file a registration statement with the Secretary of State?
Before engaging in any lobbying, or within 30 days after being employed as a lobbyist, whichever occurs first.
What is the registration fee?
$10.00. When representing more than one client, a separate registration accompanied by the $10.00 registration fee shall be required for each client.
What is the duration of a lobbyist registration?
Annual
What reports must be filed by lobbyists?
For legislative lobbyists, monthly reports are required for each month the legislature is in session along with an annual report. For executive official lobbyists, a semi-annual and an annual report is required. If someone is lobbying both the legislature and executive officials, the legislative lobbyist reporting frequency applies.
Are lobbyist reports required to be filed if there has been no financial activity or lobbying activity by the lobbyist?
Yes. Statutory filing requirements must be met even though there has been no active lobbying during the reporting period.
When are monthly reports due?
Monthly reports shall be filed within 15 days of the first day of the month for the activities of the month just passed.
When are the semi-annual reports due?
Semi-annual reports must be filed by July 31st.
When are annual reports due?
Annual reports must be filed by January 31 after the end of each year.
If a lobbyist terminates during the year, is an annual report required?
Yes. An annual report must be filed for that portion of the year for which he or she was registered. Also, an amended registration statement must be filed within one week of a modification or termination of the lobbyist’s employment. The annual report should also be filed at the time of termination rather than waiting until the end of the year.
Who must sign the reports?
Only the lobbyist’s signature is required on monthly reports. Once a lobbyist has filed an annual or semiannual report, each person identified as an employer, client, or designated contact on the report will be electronically notified that the report has been filed by the lobbyist.
Are living expenses and travel expenses reported by lobbyists?
If the lobbyist is reimbursed for travel or living accommodation expenses, they do not have to be reported.
Can a lobbyist make political contributions?
Yes
Would the lobbyist report a political contribution as an expense on their report?
Political contributions made to any legislator, executive official or candidate that are required to be reported under other provisions of Idaho’s Sunshine Law are not required to be reported on the lobbyist’s report. A political contribution is reported under the campaign disclosure portion of the Sunshine Law by the individual receiving the contribution.
Idaho Statute § 67-6602, paragraphs (j & k) defines lobbying as follows:
(12) “Lobby” and “lobbying” each means attempting through contacts with, or causing others to make contact with, members of the legislature or legislative committees or an executive official, to influence the approval, modification or rejection of any legislation by the legislature of the state of Idaho or any committee thereof or by the governor or to develop or maintain relationships with, promote goodwill with, or entertain members of the legislature or executive officials. “Lobby” and “Lobbying” shall also mean communicating with an executive official for the purpose of influencing the consideration, amendment, adoption or rejection of any rule or rulemaking as defined in section 67-5201, Idaho Code, or any ratemaking decision, procurement, contract, bid or bid process, financial services agreement, or bond issue. Neither “lobby” nor “lobbying” includes an association’s or other organization’s act of communicating with the members of that association or organization; and provided that neither “lobby” nor “lobbying” includes communicating with an executive official for the purpose of carrying out ongoing negotiations following the award of a bid or a contract, communications involving ongoing legal work and negotiations conducted by and with attorneys for executive agencies, interactions between parties in litigation or other contested matters, or communications among and between members of the legislature and executive officials and their employees, or by state employees while acting in their official capacity or within the course and scope of their employment. (13) “Lobbyist” includes any person who lobbies.
All persons doing lobbying must register with the Secretary of State unless they fall under one of the criteria to be exempt from registration. The exemptions are listed on the Frequently Asked Questions tab above. Before doing any lobbying, or within thirty (30) days after being employed, designated, or contracted as a lobbyist, whichever occurs first, a lobbyist shall register by filing with the secretary of state a lobbyist registration statement accompanied by payment of a registration fee of ten dollars ($10.00). Any Lobbyist who receives or is to receive compensation from more than (1) person for his services as a lobbyist shall file a separate notice of representation, accompanied by the fee of ten dollars ($10.00) for each separate notice of representation. When Filing the Lobbyist Registration Statement, the lobbyist discloses:
  1. The lobbyist’s name, permanent business address, and any temporary residential and business address in Ada County during the legislative session;
  2. The name, address, and notification e-mail address to be used for the employer, client, or designated contact, as well as the general nature of the occupation or business of the lobbyist’s employer or client;
  3. In the case of a designated lobbyist for a corporate entity, the name and notification e-mail address of the corporate entity that is already registered as a lobbyist;
  4. Whether the lobbyist will be lobbying the legislature, executive officials or both;
  5. The general subject(s) of the lobbyist’s legislative interest; and
  6. The name and address of the person who will have custody of the accounts, receipts and other documents required to be kept by law.
Each registered legislative lobbyist then electronically files financial discloser reports- monthly during the legislative session (generally covering January, February, and March) and an annual report at the end of the calendar year. These reports disclose expenditures made or incurred by the lobbyist during the time period covered. Registered executive official lobbyists are required to file a semi-annual and annual report disclosing expenditures made or incurred by the lobbyist during the time periods covered. Those lobbying both the legislature and executive officials will file monthly reports during the legislative session and an annual report disclosing expenditures for all lobbying activities. Lobbyist registration is on an annual basis. Each lobbyist must file a new registration statement, revised as appropriate, on or before January 10 each year. Failure to do so terminates the lobbyist’s registered status. (Section 67-6617(5)(d), Idaho Code)
Year Scanned Reports Financial Disclosures
2018 2018 Reports Sorted by Lobbyist:    PDF | Excel Sorted by Employer:    PDF | Excel
2017 2017 Reports Sorted by Lobbyist:    PDF | Excel Sorted by Employer:    PDF | Excel
2016 2016 Reports Sorted by Lobbyist:    PDF | Excel Sorted by Employer:    PDF | Excel
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