What is a Lobbying Contact?
Last Updated: 05/25/2010
Lobbying Contacts include letters, phone calls, emails, and face-to-face meetings made on behalf of UGA with covered executive branch and legislative branch officials intended to influence a covered official on appropriations; specific legislation; legislative proposals, rules, regulations; Executive Orders; programs, policies, or positions of the U.S. government; administration or execution of federal programs or policies (including federal contracts and grants); and nomination or confirmation of a person for a position subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. UGA lobbying contacts do not include contacts made as part of a professional association (and not on behalf of UGA). If you engage in such contacts, please consult with the Office of Governmental Relations to determine whether the activity constitutes a "lobbying contact."
Lobbying Activities are "lobbying contacts and efforts in support of such contacts, including preparation and planning activities, research and other background work that is intended, at the time it is performed, for use in contacts, and coordination with the lobbying activities of others."
Several activities are exempt from the definitions of lobbying activities. Examples of activities that are not covered by LDA include Congressional testimony; communications made through any medium of mass communication; scheduling appointments; and information provided as part of a rulemaking process or at the request of a legislative or executive branch official. Please note that an exempt activity does not have to be reported as a lobbying contact, but notification to the Office of Government Relations is highly encouraged.