By Francine Martin, Staff Writer
HARTFORD — More than $30 million was spent by lobbyists this year to lobby the Connecticut General Assembly, according to state officials on the Citizen’s Ethnics Advisory Board.
So the Ethics Advisory Board on Thursday plans to “randomly select 10 lobbyists to be audited” by the Chairman of the Office of State Ethics, David Gay.
The selections rom a pool of all registered client lobbyists. will be made during the Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board meeting, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at 18-20 Trinity Street, 5 th Floor in Hartford.
A client lobbyist is the party paying for lobbying services on its behalf. In other words, the client lobbyist is expending or agreeing to expend the registration threshold amount of $2,000 in a calendar year for lobbying.
In the course of auditing the selected clients, the Office of State Ethics will also audit all associated communicator lobbyists – those receiving payment from the clients for conducting lobbying activities.
Executive Director of the Office of State Ethics Carol Carson said that laws are in place to decipher such things as who spends money to lobby legislatures and just how much they spend on certain issues.
A list of lobbyists selected to be audited will be available on the Office of State Ethics web site, www.ct.gov/ethics, after the drawing. The audits are expected to be completed this year.