Update: Lobbyist E-File Honor Roll
The Virginia Public Access Project has launched theLobbyist E-File Honor Roll
to recognize lobbyist firms and clients that are the early adopters of the Secretary of the Commonwealth's new paperless registration and disclosure system.
The Secretary of the Commonwealth launched the new system in May, at the start of the 2012-13 registration period. To date, nearly 70% of all lobbyist registrations have been e-filed.
Qualifying from the VPAP Honor Role were 66 of 88 firms and 223 of 281 clients with at least one lobbyist who is an employee.
To remain on the list, firms and clients must e-file a similar percentage of annual lobbyists disclosures, which are due this July.
Criteria for the Honor Roll are as follows:
Firms: E-filing for at least 75% of registrations for 2012-13.
Clients: E-filing for least 75% of registrations by lobbyists who are employees of the client.
Starting in 2013-14, the Honor Roll criteria will rise to 95%. The percentage was lowered in the first year to recognize that some lobbyists may not have been aware of the new system right away.
VPAP encourages e-filing because it saves taxpayer funds and speeds disclosure of lobbyist registrations and disclosures.