The Department of State Adopts New Regulations Requiring Public Disclosure by Political Consultants
The Department of State today announced the adoption of new regulations requiring political consultants to disclose the names of their clients and the public officials who they also work for. The new rules state that individuals who provide political consulting services to elected officials or persons seeking office, and have clients that do business with New York State government, are required to file disclosure statements twice a year with the Department.
“These new regulations will increase transparency and provide clarity to New Yorkers so they can make more informed decisions on issues that may affect them,” said New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado. “In this era of open government, the public has a right to know what individuals and matters consultants are speaking on behalf of and representing,”
The regulations will go into effect on January 18, 2017.
The new disclosure regulations increase public awareness and transparency by requiring political consultants to identify their clients and describe the services provided.
The final regulations adopted by the Department and related documents can be found here.
Publicly available filings will be posted here.