Political advocacy is a cornerstone of democracy. This includes the ability to lobby public officials. But there are concerns that lobbyists exert outsized influence on the lobbying process, including when former elected officials and their staff members move into lobbying roles to advance private interests, known as the revolving door. Lobby reform laws seek to ensure integrity and transparency in lobbying.
LOBBY REFORM: Policy
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.