Last week, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) approved emergency amended source of funding regulations. The revised regulations conform JCOPE’s regulations to the Lobbying Act amendments that the Legislature approved at the end of the 2016 legislative session, which Gov. Cuomo is expected to approve at some point in the near future.
The source of funding reporting requirement, which was first enacted in 2011, applies mostly to non-profits (including trade associations) and coalitions that lobby on behalf of their memberships.
The amendments, which are in Part D of S.8160/A.10742, change the source of funding disclosure requirements by:
- Reducing the annual lobbying threshold from $50,000 to $15,000;
- Reducing the threshold for a reportable contribution from $5,000 to $2,500; and
- Eliminating the requirement that organizational dues be reported (the name of the dues paying entity must be reported, but not the amount of dues paid).