Federal, State and Local Lobby

Effective Date:
Last Updated: 05/25/2010

The University of Georgia is registered as a lobbying organization in accordance with the Federal Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 and is under the regulation of the Georgia Ethics in Government Act of 1986. 

The Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) was amended by the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act (Public Law 110-81) and new congressional ethics rules were adopted related to gifts, travel, money, services, loans, meals, refreshments, entertainment, discounts, and events to honor members of Congress and staff. 

Since UGA is a lobbying organization under both state and federal laws, it must also follow the Georgia Ethics in Government Act.  The intent of the Georgia Ethics in Government Act is to protect the integrity of the democratic process and to ensure fair elections with the public disclosure of campaign financing and significant private interests of public officers and candidates for public office.

In order to remain compliant with the LDA and the Georgia Ethics in Government Act, a record of all contacts, issues discussed, and costs involved must be kept and reported quarterly by the University. Failure to fully disclose such information could result in fines and/or the possible loss of UGA's tax-exempt status.

In view of the significant restrictions on lobbying activities, and the various requirements relating to the manner in which lobbying activities must be reported and conducted, UGA faculty and staff must notify the UGA Office of Governmental Relations in advance of any proposed lobbying contact or activity