Politico published an article discussing a new initiative by two groups to strengthen the lobbying registration requirements. Specifically, the American League of Lobbyists and Sunlight Foundation are teaming up to advocate the elimination of the 20% lobbying activities requirement so that behind-the-scenes players are required to register and report their activities under the Lobbying Disclosure Act. According to the article:
Currently, the law requires people to register as lobbyists if they make more than one contact, spend more than 20 percent of their time lobbying and have more than $11,500 in expenses or $3,000 in income from lobbying per quarter.
Sunlight is proposing to eliminate the 20 percent rule and to lower the thresholds to $5,000 in expenses or $2,500 in income per quarter, said Lisa Rosenberg, a Sunlight lobbyist.
The full article can be found here.