If you interact with government officials in New York on a federal, state, or municipal level, you may be considered a “lobbyist.” Even if your title or primary job description does not include the words “lobbying,” “government affairs” or “advocacy,” some of your activities may constitute reportable lobbying.

Many professionals within energy organizations fall into this category, even as they rely on relationships with industry associations such as IPPNY, ACE NY or NYSEIA to directly advance their interests in Albany, New York City or Washington, D.C.

It is critical to understand the rules governing lobbying regulation and compliance. Those who engage in lobbying activities at the state or local levels are subject to compliance with a detailed set of lobbying laws and registration requirements, including the filing of bi-monthly reports and semi-annual filings with the New York State Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government (CELG), formerly known as the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE). Understanding how JCOPE interprets and enforces the rules is the first step to protecting your organization as it navigates the halls of government.

Harris Beach’s Energy Lobbying In a Page offers a quick summary of compliance requirements.  For additional guidance contact one of our Lobbying Compliance team members: Karl Sleight at ksleight@harrisbeach.com, Joan Sullivan at jsullivan@harrisbeach.com, Kelsey Hanson at khanson@harrisbeach.com or Christian Flemming at cflemming@harrisbeach.com.