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PROHIBITIONS

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T.C.A § 3-6-304 provides specific prohibitions on lobbyists, employer of a lobbyists (employer), or any person acting at the specific direction of an employer or lobbyist.  Specifically:

  • No employer, lobbyist or any person acting at the specific direction of an employer or lobbyist shall offer or attempt to offer anything of value to an official in the legislative or executive branch, or to the official's immediate family, based on any stated or tacit understanding that the official's vote, official action or judgment would be influenced thereby. (T.C.A § 3-6-304(a))
  • No employer or lobbyist shall make false statement or misrepresentation of the facts concerning any matter for which the lobbyist is registered to lobby to any official in the legislative or executive branch. (T.C.A § 3-6-304(b))
  • No lobbyist shall make a loan to a candidate for public office, official in the legislative or executive branch, or to anyone on their behalf. (T.C.A § 3-6-304(d))
  • No employer, lobbyist or any person acting at the direction of an employer or lobbyist shall pay or agree to pay a candidate for public office or official in the legislative or executive branch compensation for property or services substantially in excess of that charged in the ordinary course of business. (T.C.A. § 3-6-304(f))
  • No employer, lobbyist or any person acting at the direction of an employer or lobbyist shall permit a candidate for public office, official in the legislative or executive branch or a staff member, or a member of the candidate or official's immediate family, to use the credit or credit card of the employer or lobbyist or any other credit card over which the employer or the lobbyist has control. (T.C.A. § 3-6-304(g))
  • Except to the extent permissible under § 3-6-305, no employer, lobbyist or any person acting at the direction of an employer or lobbyist shall pay the lodging expenses of an official in the legislative or executive branch or immediate family of the official. (T.C.A § 3-6-304(h))
  • No employer or PAC controlled by an employer shall make any campaign contribution to a candidate for the office of governor or member of the general assembly during any regular annual session or any extraordinary session of the general assembly. (T.C.A § 3-6-304(i))
  • No lobbyist shall offer or make any campaign contribution, including any in-kind contribution, to or on behalf of the governor or any member of the general assembly or any candidate for the office of governor, state senator or state representative. (T.C.A § 3-6-304(j))
  • No employer shall offer or pay and no lobbyist shall solicit or accept any fee, compensation or bonus for lobbying wherein the amount of the fee, compensation or bonus is contingent upon achievement of an outcome deemed to be successful for the employer. (T.C.A § 3-6-304(k))
  • No lobbyist shall serve as a member of any board, commission or governmental entity of state government having jurisdiction to regulate the business endeavors or professional activities of any employer of the lobbyist; nor shall any lobbyist serve as a member of the state election commission or any county election commission; provided, that this prohibition does not apply to a lobbyist serving on an election commission on February 15, 2006, as long as the lobbyist continuously serves as a member of that commission. (T.C.A. § 3-6-304(m))

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