Lobbying Disclosure at the University of Kentucky
Recent amendments (Public Law 110-81: Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007) to the federal Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 (2 USC §1601 et seq.) impose new stringent requirements on universities and other organizations. The University of Kentucky, as a registered lobbying entity, now must exercise greater oversight over all lobbying activities undertaken on behalf of the university and must file quarterly disclosure reports with the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Representatives. There are severe civil and criminal penalties for individuals or organizations that violate the Lobbying Disclosure Act.
Only individuals approved by the Vice President for Research are authorized to lobby the federal government on behalf of the University of Kentucky. Those authorized must accurately track their lobbying activities and file quarterly reports with the Director of Federal Relations, who compiles and files the university’s disclosures to Congress.
The web-based UK Lobbying Disclosure Reporting system is now available. This system allows you to add a new lobbying activity record for yourself or someone else. It also allows you to view your records by last modification date or by bill number. After each lobbying contact, please report the activity using this system, we will no longer use the paper questionnaire.
When you enter the time used to prepare and make each lobbying contact, the computer automatically calculates your salary and fringe benefits for that amount of time and reports the cost in aggregate. Only you and the Director of Federal Relations can access your report.