Lobbying in North Carolina
The Lobbying Compliance Division administers the registration and reporting of lobbyists and certain other groups. Lobbying is the influencing or attempting to influence legislative or executive branch action. Lobbyists, lobbyist principals, state and local liaisons (those representing state and local governments), must register annually to lobby certain elected and appointed governmental officials. All must report quarterly and all of this information is accessible in our Directory.
The 4th quarter period for lobbying activity ended on December 31, 2019. The 4th Quarter Lobbying Expense Reports are due on January 23, 2020.
What We Do
The Lobbying Compliance Division operates under Chapter 120C, Articles 2, 4, 6, and 8 of the North Carolina General Statutes to administer and to enforce the Lobbying Act.
Since 1933, the Department of the Secretary of State has regulated lobbying. The Department provides registrants the ability to register and to file reports electronically. This Division publishes a real time Directory of lobbyists, lobbyist principals, state agency liaisons, and local government liaisons. It also provides online access to all registrations and reports. The Division also examines reports to assure the complete and timely disclosure of reportable lobbying expenditures. It also provides a searchable database so that legislators, appointed officials, public, and the media can search to determine who is lobbying and the magnitude of the filers lobbying.
The lobbying registration fee is $250 for lobbyists and $250 for the principal, no matter the number of lobbyists that represent the principal. There is a $2.00 non refundable electronic fee.
Mailing AddressLobbying Compliance Division
Department of the Secretary of State
Post Office Box 29622
Raleigh, North Carolina 27626-0622