Employees of Lobbyist or Lobbyist Agents

Under the Lobby Act, there are two levels of employees that must be disclosed to the Michigan Department of State's Bureau of Elections by registered employers (usually Lobbyists or Lobbyist Agent Firms). If employees are being compensated or reimbursed for Lobbying in any amount the employee and employer together should determined if the employee is a Lobbyist Agent or a Non-Registered Employee. Both of these concepts are outlined below.

Lobbyist Agents must register with the Michigan Department of State's Bureau of Elections when they meet the threshold for registering as outlined in the Lobby Registration Act Reporting Thresholds. In addition to the Registration requirement, the employer must provide the employee name and address on a Registration Form or a Financial Report Summary form.

Non-Registered Employees that meet a much lower threshold than the Lobbyist Agent must also be listed by the employer. The employer must provide the employee name and address on a Registration Form or a Financial Report Summary form.

When an employee ceases to Lobby for an employer, the employer must delete the employee from their registration. This is true for both Lobbyist Agents and Non-Registered Employees. The employer must delete the employee on either a Registration Form or a Financial Report Summary form by checking the delete box and supplying the employee name.