TIMELINE AND PROCEDURE REGARDING EXPENDITURE REPORTS

Palm Beach County Code Chapter 2 Article VIII Section 2.353 (d)

Expenditure Reports are due November 1, 2020
for reporting period 10/1/19 – 9/30/20.

          

    • 9/14/2020 – Original Email will be sent to all Lobbyists.

      NOTICE – LOBBYIST EXPENDITURE REPORTS ARE DUE on 11/1/20

       

      10/12/2020 – Reminder email will be sent to all Lobbyists. 
    • REMINDER NOTICE – LOBBYIST EXPENDITURE REPORTS ARE DUE on 11/1/20

       

      10/30/2020 – Final Notice email will be sent to all Lobbyists.
    • FINAL NOTICE – LOBBYIST EXPENDITURE REPORTS ARE DUE on 11/1/20

       

      11/2/2020 – Notice of Violation will be sent to all Lobbyists that failed to submit their expenditure reports by 11/1/2020.
    • NOTIFICATION OF VIOLATION

       

      11/2/2020 – Complaint will be filed with the Commission on Ethics for further action.  Lobbyists will have 30 days from 11/2/2020 to file a written appeal regarding the violation with the Commission on Ethics.
    • COMPLAINT FILED

       

      12/14/2019 – Lobbyist will be suspended from Lobbying in Palm Beach County.
    • NOTIFICATION OF SUSPENSION


Sec. 2-353(d) Reporting of expenditures. Commencing November 1, 2011, and by November 1 of each year thereafter, all lobbyists shall submit to the Central Lobbyist Registration Site a signed statement under oath listing all expenditures made by the lobbyist in lobbying county or municipal officials and employees in excess of twenty-five dollars ($25) for the preceding fiscal year commencing on October 1 and ending on September 30. A statement shall be filed even if there have been no expenditures during the reporting period. The statement shall list in detail each expenditure category, including food and beverage, entertainment, research, communications, media advertising, publications, travel, lodging and special events. Political contributions and expenditures which are reported under election laws as well as campaign-related personal services provided without compensation are excluded from the reporting requirements. A lobbyist or principal’s salary, office overhead expenses and personal expenses for lodging, meals and travel also are excluded from the reporting requirements. Research is an office expense unless it is performed by independent contractors rather than by the lobbyist or the lobbyist’s firm.

(1) The county administrator of the Central Lobbyist Registration Site shall provide notice of violation to any lobbyist who fails to timely file an expenditure report and shall also notify the county commission on ethics of this failure. In addition to any other penalties which may be imposed under this article, any lobbyist who fails to file the required expenditure report within thirty (30) days of the date of notice of violation shall be suspended from lobbying unless the notice of violation has been appealed to the commission on ethics.