On Thursday, the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) held a hearing on how much lobbying groups and coalitions should be required to disclose about the source of their funding.

The new donor disclosure law, enacted in 2011, requires the identity of any person or entity donating more than $5,000 to a lobbying group or coalition to be disclosed. The provision took effect June 1; the next filing date for lobbying reports is July 15.

JCOPE will need to decide when the requirement for lobbying groups to disclose their donors should begin.  Some witnesses testified that the law might only require that money collected after the new rules take effect be made public.  Others say the lobbying groups should have to reveal donors going back at least ten months, to when the new law was signed by Gov. Cuomo, on August 15, 2011.