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This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

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Statute Text

Article - General Provisions
A regulated lobbyist may not:
 (1)   be engaged for lobbying purposes for compensation that is dependent in any manner on:
(i)   the enactment or defeat of legislation;
(ii)   the outcome of any executive action relating to the solicitation or securing of a procurement contract; or
(iii)   any other contingency related to executive action or legislative action;
(2)   initiate or encourage the introduction of legislation for the purpose of opposing the legislation;
(3)   knowingly counsel any person to violate any provision of this title or any other State or federal law;
(4)   engage in or counsel any person to engage in fraudulent conduct;
(5)   while engaging in lobbying activities, knowingly make to an official or employee a statement of material fact relating to lobbying activity that the regulated lobbyist knows to be false;
(6)   engage in lobbying without being registered as a regulated lobbyist in accordance with § 5–702 of this subtitle;
(7)   request an official or employee to recommend to a potential client the lobbying services of the regulated lobbyist or any other regulated lobbyist;
(8)   make a gift, directly or indirectly, to an official or employee if the regulated lobbyist knows or has reason to know the gift is in violation of § 5–505 of this title;
(9)   make a gift, directly or indirectly, as a result of a solicitation or facilitation that the regulated lobbyist knows or has reason to know is prohibited under § 5–505(a)(2) of this title;
(10)   if the regulated lobbyist is an individual, engage in any charitable fund–raising activity at the request of an official or employee, including soliciting, transmitting the solicitation of, or transmitting a charitable contribution;
(11)   make or facilitate the making of any loan of money, goods, or services to an official or employee unless in the ordinary course of business of the regulated lobbyist;
(12)   while engaging in lobbying activities on behalf of an entity, knowingly conceal from an official or employee the identity of the entity;
(13)   commit a criminal offense arising from lobbying activity; or
(14)   if serving on the State or a local central committee of a political party, participate:
(i)   as an officer of the central committee;
(ii)   in fund–raising activity on behalf of the political party; or
(iii)   in actions relating to filling a vacancy in a public office.