"Lobbyist" is a person who promotes, advocates or otherwise attempts to influence legislation, rules or regulations, through communication with a government officer or employee.
West Virginia Code relating to lobbyists: W.Va. Code § 6B Article 3
Registered lobbyists may call the Ethics Commission to determine whether a proposed course of action or expenditure complies with the Ethics Act. The Ethics Commission staff can answer the majority of the questions based upon Commission precedent.
For those questions for which an answer is not readily available, a written request for a formal Advisory Opinion may be made to the Ethics Commission. The request will be addressed with a formal Advisory Opinion. An Advisory Opinion gives the person seeking the opinion, and anyone who is similarly situated, an absolute defense to an Ethics Commission complaint and criminal charges for actions taken in good faith reliance on the opinion.
for lists of registered lobbyists and blank registration and reporting forms.