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The city's Lobbying Commission approved recommendations today that would significantly expand the definition of lobbying activities.
Under the recommendations, which will now go to the City Council and mayor, the definition of lobbying activities would include legislation that has not been formally introduced as well as any attempt to influence oversight hearings and mayoral executive orders.
The commission also recommended that the law be clarified to encourage architects, engineers, planners and others engaged in technical work to register with the commission.
That last recommendation could shed light on decisions surrounding land use, said Citizens Union Public Policy Director Alex Camarda, who generally praised the commission's recommendations.
"Enhanced transparency will, however, only occur if the clerk's database revealing lobbying activity is modernized," he said in an e-mailed response.
Richard Lipsky, a lobbyist convicted of bribery this January, is cooperating with authorities. It isn't known who he'll be giving information about to prosecutors. In six years, 27 elected officials have been been charged in scandals, and that number is expected to grow with Lipsky's help.
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