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Lobbyist Lookup lets users search filings from the House and Senate houses of Congress to assist determining gift receiving and appointment eligibility.
Lobbyist Gift Ban Amendment
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|Registered lobbying organizations|
A Presidential memorandum dated June 18, 2010 directed Executive agencies, not to appoint or re-appoint Federally registered lobbyists to advisory committees, review panels, or other similar groups. A Federally registered lobbyist is any individual who is subject to the registration and reporting requirements of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, as amended, 2 U.S.C. 1605. An individual cannot be a Federally registered lobbyist at the time of appointment or reappointment to an advisory committee, review panel, or other similar group.
Currently, there are two exceptions. When the organization is a nonprofit organizations exempt from taxation under 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) or media organizations (unless the gift itself is from a registered lobbyist).
» Read about the technical development of Lobbyist Lookup here.
Lobbyist Lookup was made during Northern Virginia National Day of Civic Hacking (NDOCH) at National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, VA.
It addresses the NSF Ethics Challenge of creating a way for federal employees to lookup lobbying status of an individual or organization.
In addition to filtering by surname and organization Lobbyist Lookup allows you to filter filings by client. More transparency for all.
Autocomplete also gives you positive feedback on catching spelling errors.
Constituents and businesses may also find utility in using Lobbyist Lookup to be better informed on lobbyist statuses.
Lobbyist Lookup API's source code is freely available on GitHub. API is available for use on Heroku. All filing data is available to the public at House.gov and Senate.gov.