- Associated Press - Thursday, October 13, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state ethics commission has issued proposed new regulations for lobbying in New York.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics says it’s seeking public comments and plans to hold a hearing before the commission formally considers the proposal drafted by its staff.

The commission says more than $240 million was spent on lobbying last year to influence New York officials.

Changes that follow legislation enacted this year call for lowering the filing threshold for total lobbying expenditures from $50,000 to $15,000 and reducing the minimum contribution amount that requires source disclosure from $5,000 to $2,500.

It would allow disclosure exemptions in instances that could result in harm, threats, harassment or reprisals to the funding source or people affiliated with it.




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