Exposing Current Tobacco Industry Lobbying, Contributions, Meals, and Gifts
Two recommendations from the U.S. Tobacco Industry Interference Index 2020 – tracking lobbying activities and increasing transparency – will be addressed by experts on these topics.
All states require some form of lobbying registration and reporting while some states require timely reporting of all expenditures for or against specific legislation and what proportion of lobbyists’ services or campaign contributions, meals or gifts are financed by each of their clients. In addition to full reporting of lobbying expenditures, government officials could reasonably be required to report virtually all interactions with any corporate entity that has an adjudicated record of federal racketeering. Requiring such disclosures –including full transcripts of meetings – could help deter interference. ASH will also announce its new Lobbyist Tracker and continuing index series.