Thursday, February 23, 2012

Breaking Down the New Lobbying Law for Communications

March Breakfast Program

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration, Networking & Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion 

Register Now Online for this event or download the Registration PDF 

You write press releases and you don’t talk to elected officials, so you don’t need to register as a lobbyist, right? That was the conventional thinking of the ‘ye olde days of 2011. The days of assuming your organization’s lobbyist (or your client) is the only one who needs to register as a lobbyist are over.

The City of Philadelphia now considers direct or indirect communication to any person who is elected or appointed to a position in any branch of the City’s government as lobbying.

According to the law, indirect communications is defined as the following:

An effort, whether written, oral or by any other medium, to encourage others, including the general public, to take action, the purpose or foreseeable effect of which is to directly influence legislative action or administrative action, including, but not limited to, letter-writing campaigns, mailings, telephone banks, print and electronic media advertising, billboards, publications and educational campaigns on public issues, but not including regularly published periodic newsletters primarily designed for and distributed to members of a bona fide association or charitable or fraternal nonprofit corporation.  

But what does that really mean? How do you register? What’s a quarterly lobbying report and what does it look like? 

PPRA has assembled representatives from Blank Rome, LLC, Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy and the City’s Board of Ethics for a panel discussion on this topic. Attend this panel to ensure you and the organizations you represent are in compliance with this new law.

Philadelphia Bar Association
1101 Market Street
11th Floor Conference Center
Philadelphia, PA 19107
ID required for admission to the building. 

Registration Fees:
$12 for PPRA members
$20 for non-members 

Deadline: Friday, March 2, 2012
Cancellations will be accepted in writing by March 2, 2012. No Refunds after March 2, 2012. No-shows will be billed.


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