Last week Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray released a tough statement on enforcing laws regulating lobbyists.
Legislative, executive agency, and retirement system lobbyists and their employers are required by law to file registration statements, report expenditures and keep records of their activities. They also cannot work for contingent compensation, based on the outcome of their lobbying. While the Office of Legislative Inspector General has primary responsibility for administering Ohio’s lobbying laws and supervising registered lobbyists and their employers, Ohio law also gives the Attorney General investigative authority.
By investigating allegations of wrongdoing, the Attorney General’s office will help ensure that Ohio’s lobbying laws are being followed, Cordray said.
An article today discusses some reaction from the Ohio Lobbying Association.