Lobbying Compliance for Energy Organizations

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If you interact with government officials in New York on a federal, state, or municipal level, you may be considered a “lobbyist.” Even if your title or primary job description does not include the words “lobbying,” “government affairs” or “advocacy,” some of your activities may constitute reportable lobbying.

Many professionals within energy organizations fall into this category, even as they rely on relationships with industry associations such as IPPNY, ACE NY, NYSEIA or FERC to directly advance their interests in Albany, New York City or Washington, D.C.

It is critical to understand the rules governing lobbying regulation and compliance. Those who engage in lobbying activities at the state or local levels are subject to compliance with a detailed set of lobbying laws and registration requirements, including the filing of bi-monthly reports and semi-annual filings with the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE). Understanding how JCOPE interprets and enforces the rules is the first step to protecting your organization as it navigates the halls of government.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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