Q1. What is a professional lobbyist?
A1. A professional lobbyist:
- Is an individual or firm that is organized for lobbying
- Engages in lobbying activities on behalf of themselves, their
principal, or any other person or organization, and
- Receives pay or some form of compensation for lobbying.
Q2. Do I need to
A2. Yes. All professional lobbyists who engage in lobbying activities for pay (or any consideration) are
required to register with our office.
Q3. How do I register?
A3. New lobbyists:
- Request a user ID
- After submitting the request, you will receive an email with your new user ID and a temporary password.
- Log in to the online
Lobbyist system to complete your registration. Contact information for
yourself or your lobbying firm and any principal(s) that you represent is
- After submitting your registration and paying the registration fee,
you will receive a registration ID for the current fiscal year.
Lobbyists who have registered before:
- Log in to the online lobbyist system.
the Annual Registration form.
- After submitting your registration and paying the
registration fee, you will receive a registration ID for the current fiscal year.
Q4. How often do I need to register?
A4. If you are engaging in lobbyist activity at any time during a fiscal year, you will need to register for that year. Your registration covers the period from July 1 to June 30 of the following year.
Q5. What is the registration fee?
A5. All lobbyist fees can be found on our Fee Schedule.
Q6. What is considered a lobbying activity?
A6. Communicating with a covered official
directly, or soliciting others to communicate with a covered official for the
purpose of aiding in or influencing legislation, rules, appointment, or
Q7. What is not considered a lobbying activity?
A7. The following are not considered lobbying activities:
- Communications made by a person in response to a statute, rule regulation,
or order requiring such communication.
- Communications by a person who appears before a committee of the general
assembly or rule-making board as result of a mandatory order or subpoena
commanding that person to testify.
- Appearances to give testimony or provide information to committees of the
general assembly or at public hearings at state agencies or provide information
at the request public officials or employees.
- Communications made by an attorney-at-law when communications are made on
behalf of the client whose name has been identified.
- Communications that constitute the practice of law and are subject to
control by the judicial branch of the state of Colorado.
- Duties performed by employees of the legislative branch.
Q8. Does a professional lobbyist have to
wear a badge?
Wearing a badge is not required, but it is encouraged. Wearing a badge
makes it easy for others to identify you as a registered lobbyist when
you are visiting or working at the capitol.
choose to wear a badge, it must be a blue name tag with white lettering
that is one inch high by three inches long (1"x3"). More information about badges.
Q9. What is my Initial Reporting Month?
A9. The initial reporting month is the month that lobbying activity began for the fiscal year.
Q10. What disclosure statements do I have to file?
A10. You have to file financial disclosure statements every month.
You will also file a cumulative disclosure statement (covering the entire fiscal year) at the end of each fiscal year.
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Q11. What information is required on the monthly disclosure
A11. Required disclosure information includes:
- Gross income for lobbying activities
- Subjects and bills and position taken, if any
- Subcontracting income, if any
- Statements detailing any direct business associations, if any
Q12. What information is required on the cumulative disclosure
A12. Required cumulative disclosure information includes:
- Gross income for lobbying activities for the fiscal year.
- Subcontracting income for the fiscal year.
Q13. When can I file the cumulative
The cumulative disclosure statement is due on or before July 15th of
each fiscal year.
If you terminate your registration at any time during the fiscal year, you must file a cumulative disclosure statement for the part of the year that you were registered. This disclosure is also due on or before July 15th, but we recommend that you file it when you terminate rather than wait until the end of the fiscal year.
Q14. What is a "direct business
A14. "Direct business association" means that a lobbyist has the most to gain
financially from a particular piece of legislation, more than anyone else in
their profession or industry. The lobbyist must disclose that business
Q15. How do I disclose lobbying activities
that do not have a bill number?
A15. In the Subjects and Bills section of the report, choose "Other" and enter a description of the activity.
Q16. Does a principal have any reporting obligations?
A16. No. The registered lobbyist or lobbying
firm is responsible for all reporting requirements.
Q17. How do I search for previous
A17. On the disclosure report page, click on "View reports from other years".
should I file a termination report?
A18. A termination report can be filed when you have ended your employment or contract with a principal, or your lobbying
activities have ended before the fiscal year.
Q19. How do I file a termination report?
A19. To file a termination report:
- Log in to the Lobbyist online system.
- Under the Lobbyist Filing Center, click on "Disclosure Reporting".
- Under Reporting Month, click on the month in which you are terminating.
- Report any items that should be disclosed for that month.
- Mark the box next to "Check if this is a termination report."
- When you have finished, click on "File Report".
Q20. I forgot my password. What do I do?
A20. To reset your password, go to the login screen and click on "Forgot Password". Enter your User ID and email address. A
temporary password will be emailed to you. Don't forget to change your password after you use the temporary one to log in.
Q21. I tried to log in, but an error message says that I have an "Invalid User ID / Password". What should I do?
A21. Make sure that you are entering your username and password correctly. Check to be sure that your Caps Lock key is not on.
If you believe that you have forgotten your password, you can reset it from the login screen.
If you can't remember your user ID, call us at 303-894-2200, ext. 6304.
Q22. When should I register as a lobbyist ?
A22. Most commonly, if you are communicating with a
covered official to influence legislation, you are required to register as a
lobbyist. For more information about when to register see,  
Q23. How do I report income if I have a job outside
A23. Determine what percentage of your monthly gross income is for lobbying. You
will report this amount.
For example, if you spent 20% of your time on lobbying in June, you would
report 20% of your monthly gross income for June.
If you report your lobbying activities by hour, just determine what your
hourly rate is and multiply it by the number of hours spent on lobbying
Q24. I’m a sole proprietor. How do I report income on
my individual and firm report?
A24. You would report the income based
on the name on the check. For example, if a check was written to the firm, then
it needs to be reported in the firm’s disclosure report. 
Q25. What is considered an expense?
cost associated with lobbying
activities, including registration fees.
Expenses are broken up into three
categories on your monthly disclosure statement:
2. Gifts and entertainment, and
3. Other. Examples include travel, parking, and cellphone
Q26. How do I report expenses related to lobbying
A26. Expenses are reported on your monthly disclosure statements. Select the type of expense- media, gift and entertainment,
or other. Expenses such as travel, parking, and cellphone usage are examples
of “Other Expenses.”
Q27. How do I report lobbying activity not related to
any bill or legislation?
A27. On your monthly disclosure
statement, under Subjects and Bills, select “Other” as the bill or resolution prefix,
and then enter the activity in the “Subject of legislation” field.
 24-6-301 (3.5)(a), C.R.S.
 24-6-301 (1.7)(b), C.R.S.
 24-6-301 (2.5), C.R.S.
 24-6-302 (2.5) (a), C.R.S.