Lobbying activity not reported

The Times discusses the various ways lobbying must be accounted for on disclosure forms.  The LDA

allows groups to estimate lobbying expenditures using definitions created by that law and a 2007 ethics reform law. In general, method A focuses on visits and calls to lawmakers, aides and the administration and “efforts in support of such contacts,” which groups that file under method A generally define as time spent preparing a position paper or meeting with experts to formulate strategy.Methods B and C use the IRS definition of lobbying, which includes all federal, state and local efforts, advertising and grass-roots outreach to the public. It is more limited, however, in whom it considers a “covered official.” Talking about policy with a “covered official” is considered lobbying. Method B is for nonprofits and method C is used by for-profit companies and groups.

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