Lobbyist Bulletin
2011-5

Dates to Remember

DEC 31, 2011 (Sat)   2011 Lobbying registrations terminate
JAN 31, 2012 (Tue)   4th Quarter 2011 lobbying reports due

Reminder:  Registrations Terminate on December 31, 2011

On December 31, 2011, any City of Los Angeles lobbying registrations associated with you, the lobbying firm or the lobbyist employer that employs you, and any clients you represent, will expire. Year-end termination of all registrations is automatic pursuant to Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) §48.07(B). Therefore, you need not submit any termination forms.

While all lobbying registrations will expire on December 31, we remind you that any individual registered as a lobbyist at any time during the fourth quarter of 2011 must file a fourth quarter lobbying report with the CEC.  A corresponding report for the lobbyist’s associated lobbying firm or lobbyist employer must also be filed.  Fourth quarter 2011 lobbying reports must be electronically filed no later than Tuesday, January 31, 2012.  Please remember that a signed paper original of a report must be filed with the Commission once the electronic version of the filing has been submitted.


Registering for 2012

You may begin filing registrations for next calendar year beginning January 1, 2012.

Beginning in the new year, a working e-mail address for each lobbyist, lobbying firm and lobbyist employer will be required.  Additionally, if a third party prepares and files lobbying reports on your behalf, you must also provide the preparer’s email address. This information will be used to send courtesy registration confirmations, filing reminders, and late or non filing notifications to you and your agents.

You will be prompted to confirm (or enter new) email contact information each year before you can complete the registration process. It is your responsibility to keep your contact information current and amend it in the Lobbyist EFS database as changes occur.


Late and Non-filing Penalties

As a registered lobbyist, you are required to file disclosure reports detailing your activities quarterly. Failure to file by a prescribed deadline may result in late or non-filing penalties. LAMC §48.09(F) provides for a $25 per day late filing penalty, up to a maximum of $500 per missing report.

If you miss a filing deadline, the Lobbyist EFS will send daily notifications of your overdue filings to the email addresses on file for you, which further emphasizes the importance of keeping your contact email address information current.  You will continue to receive notifications until you file all delinquent reports. Penalty fees may be paid for by check or online via Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit cards.

Should you have questions, please contact the Commission at 213-978-1960.

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