What is Grass Roots Lobbying
A grass roots lobbying campaign is a program addressed to the public, a substantial portion of which is intended primarily to influence legislation.
Grass roots lobbying efforts are directed to the public rather than legislators or other government policy makers. Only campaigns designed to influence legislation by the West Virginia Legislature are covered. Efforts to influence local legislation are not covered.
Often the campaign will rely heavily, if not exclusively, on newspaper, radio, TV. or billboard advertising. The creation and distribution of handbills, or the purchase of a single newspaper ad could, depending on the cost, constitute a grass roots lobbying campaign.
Who must register
Any person or organization spending more than $200 in one month, or more than $500 in a three-month period presenting a grass roots lobbying program must register. A separate registration is necessary for each new campaign.
When to register
Within 30 days of making any expenditures.
Where and how to register
All sponsors must register with the WV Ethics Commission. Contact the Ethics Commission office and forms will be mailed to you or you may download the forms from this website. Grass roots lobbyist registration and legislative lobbyist registration are independent of each other. Each requires separate reporting and registration forms. There are no fees associated with Grass Roots Lobbying.
Forms GR1 and GR2 for registration and reporting of Grass Roots campaigns are available by mail or in PDF format on this website.
The sponsor of a grass roots lobbying campaign is required to file periodic reports with the WV Ethics Commission on the same schedule as individual registered lobbyists. Forms necessary to file these required reports are available on the website. Use form GR 1 or GR 2.
Termination of campaign
A final report must be filed with the Ethics Commission when the campaign has ended. This is done on the GR 2 form.
Please direct any questions or requests for forms to:
WV Ethics Commission
210 Brooks Street, Suite 300
Charleston WV 25301
Phone: (304) 558-0664
WV toll free: 1-866-558-0664
Fax (304) 558-2169