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LobbyTracker: What to Report

Please note: The following are examples of reportable expenses on lobbying reports. Please consult the Rhode Island General Laws or an attorney for individual questions.

Monthly Reports:

Entities
Entities must report all compensation paid to a lobbyist or a lobby firm for lobbying services for the reporting period. This may be a retainer payment, an hourly billing charge, or the portion of salary that paid for lobbying. Entities must also report expenses incurred by lobbyists or lobby firms that were reimbursed by the entity, provided those expenese were incurred for the purpose of lobbying. Finally, Entities must report any expenditure, gift or honorarium of $25 or more concerning any legislative or executive official.

Lobby Firms
Lobby Firms must report expenses incurred by the lobby firms that were not reimbursed by the entity, provided those expenese were incurred for the purpose of lobbying. Also, lobby firms must report any expenditure, gift or honorarium of $25 or more concerning any legislative or executive official.

Lobbyists
Lobbists must report expenses incurred by the lobby firms that were not reimbursed by the entity, provided those expenese were incurred for the purpose of lobbying. Also, lobbyists must report any expenditure, gift or honorarium of $25 or more concerning any legislative or executive official.

Final Reports:

Final reports are required to be filed 30 days after the final adjournment or within 30 days of completing lobbying for the session. Final reports are summary reports of everything that had previously been reported on on-going monthly reports.

Annual Reports:

Entities, lobby firms and lobbyists must report all money or anything of value which in the aggregate exceeds two hundred fifty dollars ($250) provided or promised to any major state decision-maker within the preceding calendar year. "Money or anything of value" is defined as any fee, salary, commission, expense allowance, forbearance, forgiveness, royalty, rent, capital gain, gift, loan, reward, favors or services, gratuities or special discounts, or any other form of recompense that constitutes income under the Federal Internal Revenue Code.

Executive Reports:

Entities
Entities must report all compensation paid to a lobbyist or a lobby firm for lobbying services for the reporting period. This may be a retainer payment, an hourly billing charge, or the portion of salary that paid for lobbying. Entities must also report expenses incurred by lobbyists or lobby firms that were reimbursed by the entity, provided those expenese were incurred for the purpose of lobbying. Finally, Entities must report any expenditure, gift or honorarium of $25 or more for the specific purpose of promoting or opposing in any manner action by members of the executive branch or of public corporations.

Lobby Firms
Lobby Firms must report expenses incurred by the lobby firms that were not reimbursed by the entity, provided those expenese were incurred for the purpose of lobbying. Also, lobby firms must report any expenditure, gift or honorarium of $25 or more for the specific purpose of promoting or opposing in any manner action by members of the executive branch or of public corporations.

Lobbyists
Lobbists must report expenses incurred by the lobby firms that were not reimbursed by the entity, provided those expenese were incurred for the purpose of lobbying. Also, lobbyists must report any expenditure, gift or honorarium of $25 or more for the specific purpose of promoting or opposing in any manner action by members of the executive branch or of public corporations.