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Lobbying Disclosure Technical Amendments Act of 1997, S. 758

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Publication Date: March 1998

Publisher(s): Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service

Series: 98-259

Topic: Politics (Campaigns, lobbying, and pressure groups)


S. 758, the Lobbying Disclosure Technical Amendments Act of 1997, makes several changes to the 1995 Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) (P.L. 104-65). The bill makes clear (1) the definition of a "covered executive branch official"; (2) that a lobbying contact does not include communications compelled by a federal contract, grant, or loan; (3) that the official representatives of international groups such as NATO and the United Nations are public officials and therefore not required to register as lobbyists; (4) how estimates of lobbying income and expenditures may be made on the basis of the tax reporting system; and (5) the conditions under which lobbyists for foreign interests register and report under the LDA. S. 758 is expected to be considered by the House during the week of March 16, 1998.