LOBBYING E-FILING (2020 Release)

The Hawaii State Ethics Commission’s electronic filing system for lobbying disclosures allows you to file your lobbyist registrations and expenditures reports.

New System Updates (January 2020)

  • In-house Lobbyists accounts — In-house lobbyists can register as a lobbyist for their organization, as well as file and monitor lobbying reporting requirements via a Client/Organization user account.
  • Reporting of lobbyist compensation — a list of all registered lobbyists for a specified organization will be automatically populated on your expenditure form based on current registrations as of that date.
  • Organizations with multiple lobbyists (e.g., in-house and external lobbyists who are affiliated with different firms) will now be able to edit draft expenditure reports more easily.
  • Automatic reminders — all users will now receive automatic email reminders regarding lobbying reporting deadlines.

Browser Requirements

We recommend using the latest versions of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Please do not use Internet Explorer as it is not compatible with the system.  Use the link below to access the new E-Filing system.

Lobbying Electronic Filing System

User Accounts

In order to use the E-Filing System, you must have an account.

  • Lobbyist User Account are for external lobbyists and employees of a lobbying firmSign-up for a Lobbyist User Account.
  • Client/Organization User Account are for in-house lobbyists and company representativesSign-up for a Client/Organization User Account.

Lobbyist Registrations

  • Submit a separate lobbyist registration for each client/organization that is represented by the lobbyist.
  • You may register other associates in your lobbying firm or your company as long as each person has a user account that is linked to your firm or organization.
  • If the client/organization is doing business under a different name, list both the legal name and the “dba” name.
  • Done Lobbying? If you are no longer engaged in lobbying activities (either as a lobbyist or as a client/organization), please contact the Commission at [email protected] so that we can remove you from our mailing list.

Expenditures Reports

  • To report lobbyist compensation, a lobbyist must be registered in the E-Filing System.
  • Under Lobbyist Compensation, a list of all registered lobbyists for the Client/Organization will be automatically populated on your form based on current registrations as of that date.  Be sure to enter the amount of compensation that was paid (or otherwise owed) to each registered lobbyist during the reporting period.
  • No more “zero” reports needed for Lobbyists!  Lobbyists do not need to file their own separate Expenditure Reports so long as (1) the Lobbyist is included on each Client/Organization Expenditure report for each of the Lobbyist’s clients, and (2) the Lobbyist does not have any expenditures that were not already reported on a Client/Organization Expenditure Report. If you need to file a Lobbyist Expenditures report, please use Form LOB.
  • If the client/organization is doing business under a different name, list both the legal name and the “dba” name.

If you have any questions, please see our Lobbying E-Filing System FAQs or contact the Commission’s office for further assistance.

Hawai`i State Ethics Commission
1001 Bishop Street, ASB Tower 970, Honolulu, HI  96813
Phone:     (808) 587-0460
Email:       [email protected]