|Long title||An Act to Require the Registration of Congressional Lobbyists|
|Enacted by||the 96thth United States Congress|
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Senator Stevens and Senator Pastore introduced the following bill:
To Require the Registration of Congressional Lobbyists
Section 1. This act shall hereafter be referred to as the Stevens-Pastore Act.
Section 2. A Congressional lobbyist shall be defined as a person who receives financial or other payment from a person, corporation, or organization, or signs a contract with a person, corporation, or organization, or a person who volunteers for an organization that employs or hires lobbyists, in exchange for services to argue with members of Congress to vote in a specific way on a specific bill or issue.
Section 3. This act shall hereby establish the position of Secretary of the Lobbying Registry, who shall be appointed by the President and confirmed by a majority of the Senate and House of Representatives and shall serve within the Department of Justice. No Secretary of the Lobbying Registry shall serve more than four years, and the Secretary of the Lobying duty may be relieved of his or her duties by the President with a majority vote of the House and Senate.
Section 4. Each Congressional Lobbyist shall register with the Secretary of the Lobbying Registry quarterly.
Section 5. Failure of a Congressional lobbyist to register as a lobbyist in a quarter prior to when they conducted lobbying activities shall be reported by the Secretary of the Lobbying Registry to the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.
Section 6. Failure by a Congressional lobbyist to register prior to their lobbying activities for that quarter shall be punishable by a fine of at least $5,000 and no greater than $75,000, and may also be restricted from entering capitol grounds until their registration as a Congressional lobbyist or the beginning of a new quarter, should they cease their lobbyig activities.