The Federal Regulation of Lobbying Act[FRLA] Law and Legal Definition

The Federal Regulation of Lobbying Act (FRLA) is a U.S. federal statute. FRLA provides that any person or organization (lobbyists) that receives money to be used to influence legislation must register with the clerk of the House as well as the secretary of the Senate. The Supreme Court Upheld the FRLA in United States v. Harriss, 347 U.S. 612 (U.S. 1954). The court determined that it applied only to paid lobbyists who directly communicated with members of Congress on pending legislation. This created a number of loopholes which includes:

1.It does not regulate people who give money to influence legislation, only those who solicit or collect money;

2.It does not include those who communicate with congressional staffers.

FRLA also provides that any group or person that registers must disclose their employer, salary, duration of employment and purpose of their expenses. FRLA states that persons violating the provisions are liable with a penalty of a fine and imprisonment up to five years.