Lobby Reform

Background

Political advocacy is a cornerstone of democracy. This includes the ability to lobby public officials. However, professional lobbyists may exert outsized influence on policymakers. This problem is exacerbated when former elected officials, regulators, and their staff members move into lobbying roles to advance private interests. This is known as the revolving door. Lobby reform laws seek to ensure integrity and transparency in lobbying.

LOBBY REFORM: Policy

LOBBY REFORM: Policy

Lobby reform

Governments should require full and timely disclosures of lobbying activities and expenditures. Restrictions should include provisions such as limits on gifts.

Lobbying standards should protect against real and perceived conflicts of interest for lawmakers and their staffs. This includes limits on revolving-door practices and lobbyists’ participation in election activities.