Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Who is a Lobbyist?
"Lobbyist" means a person who is retained, with or without compensation, for the purpose of lobbying; or a person who is employed by another person or entity, on a full-time or part-time basis, principally to lobby on behalf of that other person or entity who seeks any action, decision, recommendation of the elected officials, city advisory board or committee members, or city staff during the time of the entire decision making process."Lobbyist"does not include a person who is:
- An Elected Official, employee, or appointee of Broward County or of any municipality within Broward County communicating in his or her official capacity.
- An individual who communicates on his or her own behalf, or on behalf of a person or entity employing the individual on a full-time or part-time basis, unless the Individual is principally employed by that person or entity to lobby.
- Any employee, Officer, or board member of a homeowners' association, condominium association, or neighborhood association when addressing, in his or her capacity as an employee, Officer, or board member of such association, an issue impacting the association or its members; or
- Any employee, an officer, or a board member of a nonprofit public interest entity (e.g., Sierra Club, NAACP, ACLU) when addressing an issue impacting a constituent of that entity.
What is Lobbying?
'Lobbying" or "Lobbying Activities' means a communication, by any means, from a lobbyist to a covered individual regarding any item that will foreseeably be decided by a final decision-making authority, which communication seeks to Influence, convince, or persuade the covered Individual to support or oppose the item. . Lobbying does not include communications:
- Made on the record at a duly-noticed public meeting or hearing; or
- From an attorney to an attorney representing Broward County or any municipality within Broward County regarding a pending or Imminent judicial or adversarial administrative proceeding against Broward County or against any municipality within Broward County.
What is the difference between "Internal" and "External" Meeting Location?
For purposes of completing the contact log, internal meeting is interpreted under Broward County Ordinance O-2011-019(3)(b) as engaging in lobbying activities, either at the Elected Official's office or elsewhere on the local government's premises, must legibly complete a contact log listing each Elected Official whom the lobbyist, principal, or employer meets or intends on meeting or communicating. Further, the contact log shall be completed contemporaneously with the meeting(s) and shall be filed for public inspection (O-2011-019(3)(b)2)).
For purposes of completing the contact log, external meeting is interpreted under Broward County Ordinance O-2011-019(3)(c), to further promote full and complete transparency, Elected Officials must disclose any and all lobbying activity that knowingly occurs between themselves and individual lobbyists or their principals or employers outside of their governmental offices/premises. This shall include communicating by any form of telephonic or electronic media.
How do I register to lobby in Oakland Park?
Register online at Oakland Park’s Online Registration Website.
How do I search for all City Commission contact information?
Click on Search then click the Search button
How do I search for lobbyist information?
Click on Lobbyist List
How do I view detailed information for the lobbyist?
Click on Lobbyist List then click the Detail link