Notices and Announcements

Frequently Asked Questions – Registration and Reporting
Frequently Asked Questions – Contribution Reporting


April 2014
Quarterly Report Filing Reminder

The Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, as amended by the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007, requires all active registrants to file quarterly activity reports with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Secretary of the U.S. Senate. The first quarter report is due April 21, 2014, covering January 1, 2014 through March 31, 2014.


January 2014
Year-End Contribution Report Filing Reminder

The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 requires active lobbying registrants and individual lobbyists to file a semi-annual report of certain contributions along with certification that the filer understands the gift and travel rules of both the House and the Senate. Registrants and each of their lobbyists who were active for all or part of the semi-annual reporting period must file separate reports detailing their contributions, including FECA, honorary, Presidential Inaugural Committee, Presidential Library and certain payments for event costs. The Year-End contribution report is due Thursday, January 30, 2014, covering July 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013.


February 2013
LDA Guidance Revision

The Clerk of the House of Representatives and The Secretary of the Senate have revised the written guidance on LDA registration and reporting requirements. This revision contains the following update:

Updated Registration Threshold
As required by the LDA, the lobbying disclosure thresholds referenced throughout the Guidance have been updated to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index (as determined by the Secretary of Labor) during the preceding 4-year period. After January 1, 2013, an organization employing in-house lobbyists is exempt from registration if its total expenses for lobbying activities does not exceed and is not expected to exceed $12,500 during a quarterly period. The $3,000 income threshold for lobbying firms remains unchanged. See Guidance Section 4 on “Who Must Register and When“ for additional information.

Revised Guidance



December 2011
LDA Guidance Revision

The Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate have revised the written guidance on LDA registration and reporting requirements. This revision contains changes to the following sections:

  • Section 3: Definitions
  • Section 5: Special Registration Circumstances
  • Section 6: Quarterly Reporting of Lobbying Activities
Revised Guidance


June 2010
LDA Guidance Revision

The Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate have revised the written guidance on LDA registration and reporting requirements. This revision contains changes to the following sections:

  • Section 6: Quarterly Reporting of Lobbying Activities
  • Section 7: Semiannual Reporting of Certain Contributions

View the Revised Guidance


December 2009
LDA Guidance Revision

The Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate have revised the written guidance on LDA registration and reporting requirements. This revision contains changes to the following sections:

  • Section 4: Lobbying Registration
  • Section 6: Quarterly Reporting of Lobbying Activities
  • Section 7: Semiannual Reporting of Certain Contributions
  • Section 8: Termination of a Lobbyist/Termination of a Registrant

View the Revised Guidance


September 22, 2009
Addition of TAR (miscellaneous tariff bill) to Lobby Issue Codes

The issue code TAR was added to the LD-1 and LD-2 forms.  This code can be used to report activity related to miscellaneous tariff bills.  Download the PDF.


June 16, 2009
Clarification of Recent Notice and Revised Guidance Regarding Conditions for Lobbyist Termination

This notice is in response to several questions raised about the recently posted Notice and Guidance Revisions. Download the PDF.


June 5, 2009
Notice Regarding Conditions for Lobbyist Termination

This notice responds to questions about the impact of filing an amended LD-1 or LD-2 report on the duty to file an LD-203 report. Download the PDF.


January 2009
LDA Guidance Revision

The Clerk of the House of Representatives and The Secretary of the Senate have revised the written guidance on LDA registration and reporting requirements. This revision contains changes to the following sections:

  • Section 5 - Special Registration Circumstances;
  • Section 6 – Quarterly Reporting of Lobbying Activity;
  • Section 7 – Semiannual Reporting of Certain Contributions.
Revised Guidance


November 2008

In light of the thousands of new filers and the significant new disclosures required by the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, we are considering revising and providing additional guidance. Comments and suggestions should be directed to the Senate Office of Public Records and the House Legislative Resource Center in time for evaluation before the next reporting cycle.


July 16, 2008

In order to accommodate the thousands of new filers who are required to participate in the LD203 disclosure process, we have amended our guidance to provide some clarification and assist new filers in the completion of the LD203 form.


June 2008
LD-203 Contributions Reporting System

The Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Secretary of the U.S. Senate are pleased to announce the release of the LD-203 Contribution Reporting system, effective June 30, 2008.

The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 requires lobbying registrants and individual lobbyists to file a semi-annual report of certain contributions, along with a certification that the filer understands the gift and travel rules of both the House and the Senate. These reports are due by July 30th (for the January through June reporting period) and by January 30th (for the July through December reporting period) or the next business day should either of those days fall on a weekend or holiday. Registrants, and each of their lobbyists, who were active for all or part of the semi-annual reporting period must file separate reports detailing certain FECA contributions, honorary contributions, presidential library contributions, and payments for event costs.

The Contribution Reporting system will provide access to a pre-populated contribution form for each filer. Access to this system is based on current LDA registrations and reports with the House and Senate. Each filer must sign into the system with a User ID and password. Based on the User ID, the filer will be able to update contact information, create a new filing for a reporting period, and file their form. All communications regarding filing and account status are automated and will be sent to the address on file for an account via email.

Registrants will use the same ID and password that are used to file other lobbying disclosure forms to sign into the system, and must verify the registered lobbyist name before an account can be created for each employee. When a lobbyist name has been verified by the employer, the lobbyist must create a unique password before access to the system is permitted.

Features of the new system and filing process include:

  • Automated retrieval of lobbyist ID numbers and passwords;
  • Pre-populated forms containing the appropriate ID numbers and names, as well as contact information, for each filer;
  • Filings that can be saved on the system and retrieved to append before filing or to amend after filing;
  • A streamlined process to file forms with the House and Senate with a single button to sign the form with your ID and password and submit it;
  • An online help manual and demonstrations accessible from each screen;
  • A system that works on Windows and Macintosh computers, requiring only a User ID and password to create and file forms.

To assist you, training is available on DVD (which will be mailed to each active registrant) and online from our Web sites. These tutorials will show you, step-by-step, how to use the new filing system. To provide ongoing support, a written User Manual, a Troubleshooting Guide and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are also available from the Web site listed below.

To access the Contributions Reporting system:
https://lda.congress.gov/LC/

For help with electronic filing and lobbyist accounts: For help with registrant IDs and passwords:

House Legislative Resource Center
B-106 Cannon House Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20515
202-226-5200
lobbyinfo@mail.house.gov

Senate Office of Public Records
232 Hart Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
202-224-0758
lobby@sec.senate.gov


March 2008
Lobbying Disclosure Forms Update

The Clerk of the House and The Secretary of the Senate are pleased to announce that the LD-2 quarterly reporting form was released on March 3, 2008. To assist filers that may need to file reports or amendments for previous semiannual reporting periods, a new Forms Archive section is now available on the Forms and Software page for Windows and Macintosh users.

This section contains the semiannual report form (LD-2) version 6.0.0 that must be signed using the Senate ID and password, and will be submitted to both the House and Senate at the same time.

Please note that you may continue to file previous versions of the semiannual reporting forms until March 15, 2008, but they must be filed with the House and Senate separately and are no longer available on the Lobbying Disclosure website.


January 25, 2008
LDA Guideline Revision

The Clerk of the House and The Secretary of the Senate have revised the written guidance on Lobbying Disclosure registration and reporting requirements. This revision clarifies changes made to the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 by Sections 208 and 215 of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act regarding Additional Disclosure of Past Governmental Employment as a covered official.

Guideline Revision


January 2008
LD-1 Registration Forms Now Available

The Clerk of the House and The Secretary of the Senate are pleased to announce that the LD-1 Registration form is now available for use after January 1, 2008. The LD-2 Quarterly reporting form will be released on March 3, 2008. The semiannual contribution form LD-203 will be available in the near future.

Electronic filing for both the House and Senate is mandatory, effective January 1, 2008. To successfully file your forms electronically, you need the following materials:

  • The most current version of the LD-1 and LD-2 forms
  • The correct House and Senate ID numbers
  • A Senate password

Please note that you may continue to file previous versions of the semiannual reporting forms until March 15, 2008, but they must be filed with the House and Senate separately.

To verify the House ID numbers of active clients, please use the links below or call the Legislative Resource Center at 202-226-5200:

To verify the Senate ID numbers or to obtain a Senate Password, please use the appropriate link below or call the Senate Office of Public Records at 202-224-0758:


Semi-Annual LDA Referrals

The Office of the Clerk has referred an aggregate of 3,060 potential non-compliant registrants to the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.

Filing Deadlines

Quarterly Activity Reports*

April 20 First Quarter
(January 1 – March 31)

July 20 Second Quarter
(April 1 – June 30)

October 20 Third Quarter
(July 1 – September 30)

January 20 Fourth Quarter
(October 1 – December 31)

Contribution Reports*

July 30 Mid Year
(January 1 – June 30)

January 30 Year End
(July 1 – December 31)

*If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the report is due the following business day.

ADA Accommodations

If you need assistance using this web site for filing or research purposes, please e-mail LobbyInfo or contact the Legislative Resource Center (LRC) at (202) 226-5200. An LRC staff member is available to assist you.