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1. Who is a lobbyist?
2. Are nonprofit organizations that have federal tax exempt status subject to the City’s Lobbying Ordinance?
3. Who are City Officials?
4. What are the obligations of City Officials under the City’s Lobbying Ordinance?
5. When is a person engaged in lobbying activity?
6. If I did not have any lobbying activity for the week, do I have still have to file a weekly report?
7. If I, as a lobbyist, call a City Official to schedule a meeting, do I have to report that call as a contact?
8. Should time to conduct the research, prepare the study, to be used in a contact with a City Official be counted as “lobbying activity?”
9. Is the time spent processing an application included as time spent engaged in “lobbying activity?”
10. If a Lobbyist is hosting a 2 hour picnic for Members of the City Council and there is no specific discussion regarding an official action by the City but the Lobbyist engages in a 15 minute conv..
11. If a lobbyist has three (3) Lobbying Activity contacts with a City Official in one day on the same subject matter, is it reported as three (3) contacts or one (1) contact?
12. When is a person not engaged in lobbying activity?
13. How do I register?
14. Are there additional forms that must be filed along with the Lobbyist Reporting Form?
15. When a lobbyist is both a contract lobbyist and an in-house lobbyist for themselves, how should the lobbyist register and what fees do they pay?
16. A Contract Lobbyist added a new client on September 21, 2017 and engaged in lobbying activity on behalf of that new client. A Contract Lobbyist is required to file a weekly report for that week (
17. A Contract Lobbyist has done lobbying for a current client, but has not received compensation in that week. What are the disclosure requirements?
18. A Contract Lobbyist is paid on a monthly basis by a client. When does a Contract Lobbyist report this monthly compensation?
19. When do lobbyists report a campaign contribution to an elected City Official or candidate for City office?
20. When do lobbyists report fundraising activity?
21. A Councilmember has solicited lobbyists for donations from their clients, and those lobbyists in turn, solicited their clients for donations, but no donations actually resulted. What are the disclo..
22. A Contract Lobbyist renews his registration on January 15 anticipating that he will have clients but engages in no lobbying activity in the weeks that follow and decides to submit a Notice of Term...
23. Can an In-House Lobbyist start with a new 10 hour threshold if it files a Notice of Termination?
24. What are the disclosure obligations regarding contingent compensation arrangements?
25. What are examples of Contingent Compensation under Section 12.12.300?
26. Are lobbyists allowed to accept commissions under the City of San Jose’s Lobbying Ordinance?
27. Where can I obtain the necessary forms?
28. Are there any fees and penalties?
29. How is the City’s Lobbying Ordinance enforced?