Lobbyist Registrations and Annual Reports
Visit our Web Portal to submit Lobbyists Authorization and Registration Forms, Lobbyist Annual Reports, and Lobbyists Notice of Termination. All forms should be filed online.
Who Must File
A person must register as a lobbyist whenever the person does one of the following:
- Expends funds(exclusive of personal travel and subsistence expenses) in an amount in excess of $200 in furtherance of lobbying activity
- Is compensated in excess of $1,000 in connection with this activity
- Expends in excess of $2,000 engaging in activities having the express purpose of soliciting others to communicate with an official with the intent to influence that official
A person who engages in lobbying on behalf of more than one person must file a separate registration for each such person.
Any person who engages in lobbying before any Prince George’s County executive or legislative officer, agency, board, or commission, and who, during the calendar year, expends in excess of $200 on food, entertainment, or other gifts for any County official or employee (Executive or Legislative) in connection with these activities, must file a lobbying registration with the Office of Ethics and Accountability on or before the beginning of the calendar year in which the person expects to lobby or within five days after engaging in lobbying activities.
Each lobbyist shall file an annual report covering the period beginning January 1 through December 31, filed by January 31 of the following year. If the lobbyist is not an individual, an authorized officer or agent of the entity shall sign the form. A separate activity report shall be filed for each person on whose behalf the lobbyist acts.
What & When to File
A lobbyist must file with the Office of Ethics and Accountability on or before January 1 of each year or not later than five days after becoming a lobbyist. A lobbyist must file a separate form for each person from whom compensation is received.
A lobbyist must also file a report annually of all lobbying activity for the calendar year, January 1 through December 31. The lobbyist must file with the Office of Ethics and Accountability on or before January 31 of each year. All Reports and statements submitted to the Office of Ethics and Accountability online must be received by 11:59 p.m. on the prescribed filing date to be timely filed.
Those who engage in lobbying activities involving Prince George’s County Government must register annually and file annual reports. Please use the link provided below to "Overview of Lobbying" for additional information and definition of relevant terms.
Overview of Lobbying Prince George’s County Code of Ethics § 2-291(a)(11) defines “person” to include an individual or business entity.
The term “business entity”, pursuant to Prince George’s County Code of Ethics§2-291(a)(2), means any corporation, general or limited partnership, sole proprietorship (including a private consultant operation), joint venture, unincorporated association or firm, institution, trust, foundation, or other organization, whether or not operated for profit. Business entity does not include a governmental entity.
The term “official”, pursuant to Prince George’s County Code of Ethics §2-291(a)(10), means an elected official, an employee of the County, or a person appointed to or employed by the County or any County agency, board, commission, or similar entity whether or not paid in whole or in part with County funds and whether or not compensated.
The term “lobbyist”, pursuant to Prince George’s County Code of Ethics §2-291(a)(11) means a person required to register and report expenses related to lobbying under Section 2-295 of the Code of Ethics.
Prince George’s County Code of Ethics § 2-291(a)(9) defines “lobbying” to mean communicating in the presence of a County official or employee with the intent to influence any official action of that official or employee, or engaging in activities having the express purpose of soliciting others to communicate with a County official or employee with the intent to influence that official or employee.
The term “lobbying”, pursuant to Prince George’s County Code of Ethics § 2-295(l), does not include:
- Professional services in drafting bills or in advising and rendering opinions to clients as to the construction and effect of proposed or pending Council actions when these services do not otherwise constitute lobbying activities
- Appearances before the Council upon its specific invitation or request but only if the person engages in no further or other activities in connection with the passage or defeat of Council actions
- Appearances as part of the official duties of a duly elected or appointed official or employee of the State or a political subdivision of the State, or of the United States, and not in behalf of any other entity
- Actions of a publisher or working member of the press, radio, or television in the ordinary course of the business of disseminating news or making editorial comment to the general public who does not, however, engage in further or other lobbying that would directly and specifically benefit the economic, business, or professional interests of himself or his employer
- Appearances by an individual before the Council at the specific invitation or request of a registered lobbyist, provided no other lobbying act is undertaken, and provided the witness identifies himself to the Council as testifying at the request of the lobbyist
- The representation of a bona fide religious organization solely for the purpose of protecting the right of its own members to practice the doctrine of the organization
- Appearances as part of the official duties of an officer, director, member, or employee of an association engaged exclusively in lobbying for counties or municipalities and not on behalf of any other entity
- Appearances before a County agency upon the specific invitation or request of the agency if the person or entity engages in no further or other activities in connection with the passage or defeat of any agency executive action
- Appearances by an individual before a County agency at the specific invitation or request of a registered lobbyist if the person or entity performs no other lobbying act and notifies the agency that the person or entity is testifying at the request of the lobbyist