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112TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION

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To create a Lobbying Disclosure Act Task Force, and to make certain modifications to the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. QUIGLEY introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on llllllllllllll

A BILL
To create a Lobbying Disclosure Act Task Force, and to make certain modifications to the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995. 1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-

2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 3 4
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Lobbyist Disclosure

5 Enhancement Act’’. 6 7
SEC. 2. MODIFICATIONS TO ENFORCEMENT.

(a) LOBBYING DISCLOSURE ACT TASK FORCE.—

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2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 (1) ESTABLISHMENT.—The Attorney General shall establish the Lobbying Disclosure Act Enforcement Task Force (in this subsection referred to as the ‘‘Task Force’’). (2) FUNCTIONS.—The Task Force— (A) shall have primary responsibility for investigating and prosecuting each case referred to the Attorney General under section 6(a)(8) of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1605(a)(8)); (B) shall collect and disseminate information with respect to the enforcement of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.); (C) shall audit, at a minimum on an annual basis, and as frequently as deemed necessary by the Task Force, the extent of compliance or noncompliance with the requirements of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 by lobbyists, lobbying firms, and registrants under that Act through a random sampling of lobbying registrations and reports filed under that Act during each calendar year; and (D) shall establish, publicize, and operate a toll-free telephone number to serve as a hotline

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3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 for members of the public to report noncompliance with lobbyist disclosure requirements under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, and shall develop a mechanism to allow members of the public to report such noncompliance online. (b) REFERRAL
ERAL.—Section OF

CASES

TO THE

ATTORNEY GEN-

6(a) of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of

9 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1605(a)) is amended— 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 (1) in paragraph (8), by striking ‘‘United States Attorney for the District of Columbia’’ and inserting ‘‘Attorney General’’; and (2) in paragraph (11), by striking ‘‘United States Attorney for the District of Columbia’’ and inserting ‘‘Attorney General’’. (c) RECOMMENDATIONS
MENT.—The FOR

IMPROVED ENFORCE-

Attorney General may make recommenda-

18 tions to Congress with respect to— 19 20 21 22 23 24 (1) the enforcement of and compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995; and (2) the need for resources available for the enhanced enforcement of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995. (d) INFORMATION
IN

ENFORCEMENT REPORTS.—

25 Section 6(b)(1) of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995

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4 1 (2 U.S.C. 1605(b)(1)) is amended by striking ‘‘by case’’ 2 and all that follows through ‘‘public record’’ and inserting 3 ‘‘by case and name of the individual lobbyists or lobbying 4 firms involved, any sentences imposed’’. 5 6
SEC. 3. DEFINITION OF LOBBYIST.

Section 3(10) of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995

7 (2 U.S.C. 1602(10)) is amended by striking ‘‘, other than 8 an individual’’ and all that follows through ‘‘period’’. 9 10 11
SEC. 4. EXPEDITED ONLINE REGISTRATION OF LOBBYISTS; EXPANSION OF REGISTRANTS.

Section 4(a)(1) of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of

12 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1603(a)(1)) is amended— 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 (1) by striking ‘‘45 days’’ and inserting ‘‘5 days’’; (2) by striking ‘‘, or on the first business day after such 45th day if such 45th day is not a business day,’’ and inserting ‘‘, or on the first business day occurring after such 5th day if such 5th day does not occur on a business day,’’; and (3) by inserting ‘‘online’’ after ‘‘shall register’’.
SEC. 5. DISCLOSURE OF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BY LOBBYISTS.

Section 5(b)(2)(A) of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of

24 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1604(b)(2)(A)) is amended— 25 (1) by striking ‘‘(A)’’ and inserting ‘‘(A)(i)’’;

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5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 (2) by adding ‘‘and’’ after the semicolon; and (3) by adding at the end the following: ‘‘(ii) for each issue listed under clause (i), a list identifying— ‘‘(I) each covered executive branch official with whom the lobbyist engaged in lobbying activities; ‘‘(II) each covered legislative branch official with whom the lobbyist engaged in lobbying activities and— ‘‘(aa) if the official is an employee of a Member of Congress, the name of that Member of Congress; or ‘‘(bb) if the official is an employee described in clause (ii), (iii), (iv), or (v) of section 3(4), the name of the Member or Members of Congress who hired the official or for whom the official performs duties as such official; and ‘‘(III) the date of each lobbying contact;’’.
SEC. 6. DISCLOSURE OF POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS.

Section 5(d)(1) of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of

25 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1604(d)(1)) is amended—

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6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 (1) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking ‘‘30 days after’’ and all that follows through ‘‘30th day is not’’ and inserting ‘‘20 days after the end of the quarterly period beginning on the first day of January, April, July, and October of each year, or on the first business day after such 20th day if such 20th day is not’’; and (2) by striking ‘‘semiannual period’’ each place it appears and inserting ‘‘quarterly period’’.
SEC. 7. EFFECTIVE DATE.

(a) SECTION 2.—Section 2 and the amendments

12 made by that section take effect upon the expiration of 13 the 90-day period beginning on the date of the enactment 14 of this Act. 15 (b) AMENDMENTS.—The amendments made by sec-

16 tions 3, 4, 5, and 6 take effect on the first day of the 17 first quarterly period described in section 5(a) of the Lob18 bying Disclosure Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1604(a)) that be19 gins after the end of the 90-day period beginning on the 20 date of the enactment of this Act.

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