Venable partner Ron Jacobs
was quoted in a July 7, 2013 Politico
article on disclosures by corporations and firms who lobby intelligence agencies and administration civil servants. Under a 1989 law called the Byrd Amendment, or form LLL, government contractors who receive federal funds must fill out the LLL which requires them to disclose some of their advocacy and outreach.
Despite changes to lobbying disclosures by Congress and legal challenges, lobbyists are still required to file the LLL with individual agencies, but the agencies never created a way for the forms to be easily accessible to the public. “It’s one of those pages that most people on the government side skip right over,” said Jacobs.