Lobbying

**PLEASE NOTE** The Office of the Secretary of State is no longer required to mail blank disclosure forms to lobbyists and their employers in advance of each disclosure deadline.  The forms will be available on this page no later than 30 days before each disclosure deadline.

For detailed information regarding compliance with the lobbying law please see our (updated) Guide to Vermont’s Lobbying Registration and Disclosure Law.

2014 Updated Lobbying Guide:

Lobbying Guide

Vermont law defines lobbying as follows:

“(A) to communicate orally or in writing with any legislator or administrative official for the purpose of influencing legislative or administrative action;

(B) solicitation of others to influence legislative or administrative action;

(C) an attempt to obtain the goodwill of a legislator or administrative official by communications or activities with that legislator or administrative official intended ultimately to influence legislative or administrative action; or

(D) activities sponsored by an employer or lobbyist on behalf of or for the benefit of the members of an interest group, if a principal purpose of the activity is to enable such members to communicate orally with one or more legislators or administrative officials for the purpose of influencing legislative or administrative action or to obtain their goodwill.” 2 V.S.A. § 261(9).

Registration

Vermont’s registration period is two years, coinciding with the legislative biennium. Each biennium, all lobbyists are required to register with the Office of the Secretary of State within 48 hours of commencing lobbying activities.

Registrations for the current biennium are searchable in the database links for lobbyists and their employers.

Please note that all lobbyists will now be required to submit a new, current passport-style photo; our office will no longer keep lobbyist photos on file for more than one biennium. You may contact our office if you need a photo taken.

Disclosure

Disclosure reports for lobbyists, lobbyist employers, and lobbying firms are due three (3) times per year:

  • January 25 (covers period of July 1–December 31)
  • April 25 (covers period of January 1–March 31)
  • July 25 (covers period of April 1–June 30)

If you have further questions, please contact the Elections Division by email or call 802-828-2363.

Registration, Termination, and Current Period Disclosure Forms

Lobbyists


Lobbyist Employers


Lobbyist Firms

Additional Resources

This page was last updated: 2014-09-26