Update on Istook Lobbying Language
The legislation has been modified considerably as a result of pressure from countless concerned organizations and individuals. The interim result was an amendment that was attached to the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, a bill that was signed into law by the President in December. The amendment would prohibit nonprofit organizations that engage in lobbying activities over a set limit from receiving federal money in the form of grants or contracts. This law affects only organizations; it does not affect individual grant recipients.
Unfortunately, it looks as if we're not out of the woods yet. Word from the Hill indicates the drafters of the original grant-recipient legislation intend to try once more to get new legislation through Congress. This new legislation may again be aimed at individual grant recipients as well as organizations. At this point, no specific details on the legislation have been disclosed. The only information available at present suggests the legislators may try to change the granting process at federal agencies. Interested individuals should look for news of this legislation in the coming months. When available, details will be posted on the APA Public Policy Web page.