Due to the upcoming election, the Clerk of the House and the Secretary of the Senate have made it clear that this year that they are going to pass on more cases than ever to the Department of Justice. This means that lobbyists and government relations personal that don’t have all their forms in order will face more scrutiny and legal ramifications than ever before. And with Congress and non-governmental watchdog groups watching closer than ever, you can’t afford to be made an example of!
In 2009, 11% of GAO-audited lobbying organizations were not able to provide all documentation requested...
30% could not provide documentation on the lobbying contacts they made....
18% of the LD-203 filers failed to keep suitable records of their political contributions.
Do you know what documentation is required to be kept and how Congress mandates that the records must be maintained?
Clearly organizations have a tough time translating complex LDA, HLOGA and FARA requirements into real-world practices. But saying you didn't understand the rules won't protect you from devastating publicity, fines and even criminal prosecution.
This core session arms you with the practical know-how to comply with today's lobbying regulations and keep the media and opponents from using your filings and disclosures against you.
From bundling regulations (that have recently tripped up several PACs), to gifts, events and communications, you will learn how to avoid pitfalls in registering and filing the LD-1 form, what information to provide on the quarterly LD-2 and semiannual LD-203 reports. You'll also learn how FARA regulations apply to lobbying on behalf of foreign government and political entities.
This session is REQUIRED for Lobbyist Certificate Program certification!
Get expert guidance on:
- How to comply with reporting and documentation for LDA and FARA filings
- Learn how to keep your records up-to-date and in accordance with Federal Law
- Handle special situations, including when communications are exempt; how the House and Senate differ on gifts, events, and receptions; when honorary payments need to be reported; and when organizations are required to file FARA reports with the DOJ
- Avoid House Clerk and Senate Secretary correction letters
- Apply today's best "audit-proof" strategies in your dealings with legislative and executive branch government staff
- Prepare your staff — and documentation systems — for a GAO audit
- Adjust policies and practices for recent regulations — including how new bundling regulations affect PACs and lobbyists
- PLUS ask your specific questions on LDA and FARA