Arizona Secretary of State - Ken Bennett


 
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DEFINITION OF LOBBYING:  Attempting to influence the passage or defeat of any legislation by directly communicating with any legislator; or in the case of bonding lobbyists, directly communicating with any school district employee or a school district governing board member or attempting to influence any formal rule making proceeding pursuant to chapter 6 of this title or rule making proceedings that are exempt from chapter 6 of this title by directly communicating with any state officer or employee. Lobbying also includes attempting to influence legislation through the procurement of materials, services or construction by a state agency when the person is otherwise required or is employed by, supervised by at any level, or contracted with a person who is otherwise required to register pursuant to existing lobbyist statute.

PRINCIPAL (ID number begins with 1, files financial reports annually): Any person, other than a public body, that employs, retains, engages or uses, with or without compensation, a lobbyist. Principal includes any subsidiary of a corporation.

PUBLIC BODY (ID number begins with 9, files financial reports annually): Arizona board of regents, a university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents, the judicial department, and state agency, board, commission or council, any county, any county elected officer who elects to appoint a designated public lobbyist or any city, town, district or other political subdivision of this state that receives and utilizes tax revenues and that employs, retains, engages or uses, with or without compensation, a designated public lobbyist or authorized public lobbyist.

LOBBYISTS:

  • Designated Lobbyist (ID number begins with 3, files financial reports quarterly): The Secretary of State’s “point of contact", who is required to file their Lobbyist Registration and Lobbyist Quarterly Expenditure Reports as well as the Principal's Registration and Annual Expenditure Reports. The Designated Lobbyist signs all reports filed for himself and for the Principal he represents. The Designated Lobbyist can be an individual or a firm whose primary professional function is lobbying in Arizona.

  • Designated Public Lobbyist (ID number begins with 3, files financial reports quarterly): The Secretary of State’s “point of contact", who is required to file their Lobbyist Registration and Lobbyist Quarterly Expenditure Reports as well as the Public Body’s Registration and Annual Expenditure Reports. The Designated Public Lobbyist signs all reports filed for himself and for the Public Body he represents. The Designated Public Lobbyist can be an individual or a firm whose primary professional function is lobbying in Arizona.

  • Lobbyist for Compensation (ID number begins with 3, files financial reports quarterly): May be an individual or business/firm) that is compensated by the Principal or Public Body and whose primary job responsibility is to lobby in Arizona for a Principal or Public Body. A Lobbyist for Compensation is required to file a Lobbyist Registration form and to file Lobbyist Quarterly Expenditure Reports with the Secretary of State’s office.

  • Authorized Lobbyist (Do not file financial reports): A lobbyist for a Principal who is other than a Designated Lobbyist or Lobbyist for Compensation. This type of lobbyist may be paid or a volunteer for the Principal. An Authorized Lobbyist is considered registered when listed on the Principal’s registration form. He or she is not required to file expenditure reports directly to the Secretary of State. Instead, he or she reports expenditures to the Designated Lobbyist, who includes the expenditures on the Designated Lobbyist’s Quarterly Expenditure Report.

  • Authorized Public Lobbyist (Do not file financial reports): A lobbyist for a Public Body who is other than a Designated Public Lobbyist or Lobbyist for Compensation. This type of lobbyist may be paid or a volunteer for the Public Body. An Authorized Public Lobbyist is considered registered when listed on the Public Body’s registration form. He or she is not required to file expenditure reports directly to the Secretary of State. Instead, he or she reports expenditures to the Designated Public Lobbyist, who includes the expenditures on the Designated Public Lobbyist’s Quarterly Expenditure Report.

  • Employees of Lobbyists: (ID number begins with 7, do not file financial reports): Are lobbyists who are employed by lobbyist firms or by other lobbyists as their employees. Employees of Lobbyists are registered by the lobbyist who employs them or by the lobbyist firm when they file their Lobbyist Registration. Employees of Lobbyists do not file expenditure reports directly to the Secretary of State’s office. Instead, the Employee of Lobbyist’s expenditures are included in their employer’s Lobbyist Quarterly Expenditure Report.

 

PRINCIPALS, PUBLIC BODIES AND THEIR LOBBYISTS MUST REGISTER PRIOR TO THE FIRST LOBBYING ATTEMPT OR, IN ANY EVENT WITHIN FIVE (5) BUSINESS DAYS AFTER ANY LOBBYING ACTIVITY