"Lobbyist" is defined in the West Virginia Governmental Ethics Act as "any individual employed by a lobbying firm or who is otherwise
employed or contracts for economic consideration, other than reimbursement for
reasonable travel expenses, to communicate directly or through his or her agents with
any elective state official, agency official or legislative official for the purpose of promoting,
advocating, opposing or otherwise attempting to influence:
(i) The passage or defeat or the executive approval or veto of any legislation which
may be considered by the Legislature of this state; or
(ii) The adoption or rejection of any rule, legislative rule, standard, rate, fee or other
delegated legislative or quasilegislative action to be taken or withheld by any executive
department. See the Act for exceptions in W. Va. Code § 6B-3-1(8)(A).
Provisions in the law relating to lobbyists are located in: W. Va. Code § 6B-3-1 and W. Va. Code R. § 158-12.
Registered lobbyists with questions as to whether a proposed course of action or expenditure complies with the Ethics Act may call, write or email the Ethics Commission staff for information. If a question has not been previously interpreted by the Commission, a lobbyist may request a formal written Advisory Opinion.
Registration and Reporting Forms and Lists of Registered Lobbyists are here.
Lobbyist online reporting of expenses: To file expenses online are here.
Search for Lobbyist Activity Reports here.
Public Contracts for Lobbying Services form is here.
Updated, 2023-01, Lobbyist Spending Composite Report: The summary of lobbyist spending for the January 1, 2023 to April 30, 2023, on June 26, 2023,reporting period is here.
Lobbyist Spending Composite Reports: To view past Composite Reports, click here.