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As outlined in City Code Section 2.15 (Lobbyist Registration and Reporting), you may be required to register your lobbying activities with the City of Sacramento. The purpose of the Lobbyist Registration and Reporting Code is two-fold: 1) To ensure the public has full knowledge of who is attempting to influence the decisions that affect City policy; and 2) To ensure that elected City officials are informed of what interests each lobbyist represents.
If you are a lobbyist planning to do business with the City of Sacramento, the first step is to determine if you qualify under City Code, and whether you are required to register with the City Clerk's Office. This information is intended as a practical guide only. If you have questions about the law and how it applies to you, please refer to the complete text contained in City Code Section 2.15.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I SHOULD REGISTER AS A LOBBYIST?
If the only lobbying you do is included as an exemptions under City Code 2.15.050 then you have no filing requirement. If you are not exempt, continue reading the following information to determine your filing responsibilities. There are three types of lobbyists: contract, business or organization, and expenditure lobbyists. See the City Code Section 2.15 for definitions of lobbying and further description of lobbyist types.
I MEET THE DEFINITIONS AND HAVE A REQUIREMENT TO FILE, NOW WHAT?
All lobbyists must use the Lobbyist Registration Report Form, for initial registration, quarterly reporting, amendments, and termination reports.
Filing requirements include:
All lobbyists, after their initial registration report, will need to file a quarterly report by April 15, July 15, October 15, and January 15, of each year for the prior calendar quarter.
All lobbyists must to track certain campaign contributions and consultant payments from the City and must report the following:
WHEN IS MY INITIAL REPORT DUE?
The initial report is due:
WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE?
The annual $100 registration fee (payable to the "City of Sacramento") is due at the time of initial registration (for first time filers), and annually with the fourth quarter filing due on January 15th. The initial fee is $50 if registering for the first time on or after June 30th.
WHAT IF I AM LATE FILING?
If fees are due at the time of filing AND the report is filed after the filing deadline, the filer will be subject to late penalties of $25 per day up to a maximum of $500. If the report and/or fees are mailed, it must be postmarked no later than the due date to be considered received by the filing deadline.
HOW DO I COMPLETE THE LOBBYIST FORM?
NEED ASSISTANCE OR HAVE QUESTIONS?
We are happy to assist you. Please contact us via email at: email@example.com, or by phone at (916) 808-7200.
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