Important Notice to Lobbyists
With the upcoming legislative session quickly approaching, our office would like to inform you of important deadlines, new requirements and filings that will affect you’re lobbying in the upcoming session. Please be advised, with the passage of HB105 the Lobbyist Reporting Act was amended. The new statutory requirements include:
- A new report filing period was implemented for the first Wednesday after the first Monday each October;
- All lobbyists must report electronically on the Campaign Finance Information System (CFIS);
- Lobbyists who receive compensation must file a report. If no expenditures or contributions occurred during the reporting period a ‘statement of no activity’ must be filed;
- To file a statement of no activity you must login in to CFIS
- Confirm Reporting Period is Correct - October 5, 2016
- Click the ‘Manage Reports’ Tab
- Select ‘File Statement of No Activity’
- Click ‘Submit Report’
- Electronic authentication language will appear - Click “OK” to authenticate the report
- The pending status of the reporting period will be updated to ‘submitted’
- All expenditures of $100.00 or more must be reported;
- A contribution must be identified by who the contribution was made on behalf of - either by the lobbyist or by the lobbyist employer;
- All lobbyist and lobbyist employers must coordinate transactions to eliminate duplicate reporting; and
- “Bundling” or cumulative reporting of contributions is no longer permitted.
Lobbyist Regulation Act Reporting Guidelines
The Secretary of State has published the new Lobbyist Regulation Act Reporting Guidelines for use as a reference for lobbyist and lobbyist employers. Additionally, please refer to the Lobbyist Regulation Act, NMSA 2-11-1 through 2-11-9, as the ultimate legal authority.
Please contact our ethics staff at 505.827.3600 or via email at email@example.com if you have questions or feedback.
Lobbyist Filing Dates (Amended with the passage of HB 105, Chapter 13 2016)
The reports required pursuant to the provisions of the Lobbyist Regulation Act shall be filed:
- by 11:59 p.m. on January 15 for all expenditures and political contributions made or incurred during the preceding year and not previously reported;
- within forty-eight hours for each separate expenditure made or incurred during a legislative session that was for five hundred dollars ($500) or more;
- by 11:59 p.m. on the first Wednesday after the first Monday in may for all expenditures and political contributions made or incurred through the first Monday in May of the current year and not previously reported; and
- by 11:59 p.m. on the first Wednesday after the first Monday in October for all expenditures and political contributions made or incurred through the first Monday in October of the current year and not previously reported.
Legislative Session Prohibited Period
It is unlawful during the prohibited period for any lobbyist or lobbyist’s employer during the prohibited period for any lobbyist or lobbyist’s employer to contribute to or act as an agent or intermediary for political contribution to or arrange for the making of political contributions to the campaign funds of any statewide elected official or legislator or any candidate for those offices.
The prohibited period means the period beginning January 1 prior to any regular session of the legislature or, in the case of special session, after the proclamation has been issued and ending on the adjournment of the session. This period applies for any statewide elected official or candidate for statewide office or a legislator or any candidate for legislator. Further, for the governor or any candidate for governor the prohibited period ends on the twentieth day following the adjournment of the regular or special session.