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(a) When a lobbyist is employed by a bona fide association, including any bona fide business, trade union, or membership organization, association or society, that association is an employer of lobbyist. The members of the association are not employers of that lobbyist under AS 24.45.061 (a) merely because of that membership and the names of the members need not be reported.
(b) Dues or similar payments made by any person for membership in a bona fide association, including any bona fide business, trade union, or membership organization, association or society, some portion of which is used to influence legislative or administrative action, need not be included for the purpose of determining whether a person must file reports pursuant to AS 24.45.061 (b).
(c) For purposes of (a) and (b) of this section, "bona fide association," including any bona fide business, trade union, or membership organization, association or society, means
(1) an association certified by an officer of the association as having legal status as a corporation or partnership;
(2) an association certified by an officer of the association as operating on the dues of its members, with no one member paying in excess of 25 percent of the total paid by all members;
(3) an association certified by an officer of the association as operating on the dues of its members, having a sliding dues-assessment scale under which no member exceeds an allotted assessment by 25 percent solely for the purpose of supporting lobbying activities, unless that member's name is reported to the commission; or
(4) an association certified by an officer or the association as having annual expenditures for administrative and legislative lobbying, as based on the previous year's experience or current year's estimate, which do not equal or exceed 50 percent of its total expenditures for the year.
(d) The commission will in its discretion determine, on a case-by-case basis, the reporting requirements and procedures pursuant to AS 24.45 for those associations not qualifying for the exemptions under (a) and (b) of this section.
History: Eff. 12/29/77, Register 64; am 10/18/81, Register 80
Authority: AS 24.45.021 (b)
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