OSPC Summary of Lobbying Activities: 2016, Second Quarter

October 4, 2016

OSPC Summary of Lobbying Activities
Period: April 1 – June 30, 2016 (Q2)

 

OSPC supports transparency and is proud of the causes and groups it supports.

OSPC is registered under the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) and regularly reports on its activities as required by the Act.  However, very few OSPC staff members meet the legal threshold for reporting their lobbying.  Consequently, OSPC has chosen to voluntarily post on a quarterly basis the “lobbying activities” as defined by the LDA of its Washington staff regardless of whether they meet the LDA’s reporting threshold.  In other words, the lobbying activities listed below go well beyond the requirements of the LDA by including all OSPC activities that would have been reported under the LDA if all of the OSPC Washington advocates were “registered lobbyists.”

In addition, OSPC reports on an annual basis all of its grants on IRS Form 990 as required by law.  However, there is a substantial lag time before Form 990 information becomes available to the public.  Accordingly OSPC also voluntarily makes this information easily and publicly available below on a quarterly basis.


Domestic Policy

Bankruptcy (BNK)

In support of federal legislation allowing Puerto Rico to restructure its debt

Entities Lobbied: Senate, Department of Treasury


Civil Rights/Civil Liberties (CIV)

H.R. 885, the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2015, pertaining to restoring and strengthening the Voting Rights Act

Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives

S.1659: The Voting Rights Advancement Act, pertaining to restoring and strengthening the Voting Rights Act

Entity Lobbied: Senate

Reforms to promote government oversight, (unnumbered)

Entity Lobbied:  Senate

 

Education (EDU)

S. 1169: Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Act, pertaining to correctional education and disproportionate minority contact

Entity Lobbied: Senate

Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Act, (unnumbered), pertaining to prevention and intervention services and funding, correctional education and disproportionate minority contact

Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives

Higher Education Act, (unnumbered), pertaining to Pell grant access and greater access to postsecondary education for incarcerated students and returning individuals

Entities Lobbied: House of Representatives, Senate

Perkins Law, (unnumbered), pertaining to career and technical education and supports for at-risk students

Entity Lobbied: Senate

School discipline and climate, (unnumbered), pertaining to law enforcement in schools and training/professional development

Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives, Senate, Department of Education, Department of Justice, White House

 

Immigration (IMM)

S. 3241: Refugee Protection Act of 2016, pertaining to statelessness and related issues

Entity Lobbied: Senate

 

Law Enforcement/Crime/Criminal Justice (LAW)             

S. 2123: Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015, pertaining to adjusting mandatory minimums, allowing for judges’ discretion in sentencing and expanding pre-release and re-entry programming

Entities Lobbied: Senate, White House

H.R. 3713: Sentencing Reform Act of 2015, pertaining to adjusting mandatory minimums

Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives

 

Foreign Policy

Foreign Relations (FOR)

S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2017, provisions relating to the provision of security sector assistance

Entity Lobbied: Senate

U.S. foreign policy concerning human rights and governance issues in Burma

Entity Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

Supporting ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty to assist visually impaired persons

Entities Lobbied: Senate, White House, Department of State

U.S. Foreign Policy concerning Ukraine and U.S. assistance to Ukraine

Entities Lobbied: Senate, White House, Department of State

FY 2017 Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act, (unnumbered), related to U.S. military assistance, U.N. funding and U.S. assistance to Ukraine, Tunisia and Afghanistan

Entity Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

H.R. 4909: House National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2017, provision relating to DOD budgeting of foreign military assistance

Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives

H.R. 5568: Combatting Terrorism in Tunisia, authorizing assistance for the government of Tunisia to combat terrorism, strengthen and reform the security sector and support economic reforms, democracy and civil society

Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives

 

OSPC Grants
Period: April 1 – June 30, 2016 (Q2)

Grantee Name Purpose Amount Period
 

 

Center for American Progress Action Fund

 

To support advocacy on judicial nominations $225,000 9 mos.
 

Center for a New American Security

 

To support expertise on civilian protection $205,550 1 year
 

U.S. Public Interest Research Group

 

To support Jubilee USA Network for policy advocacy  on the Puerto Rico debt crisis $25,000 6 mos.
 

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

 

To support Americans for Financial Reform for advocacy on access to economic opportunity $350,000 1 year
 

NEO Philanthropy

 

To support the Legacies of War project for advocacy on Laos funding $50,000 1 year
 

Policy Action

 

To provide general support $62,500 1 year
 

Proteus Action League

 

To provide communications support on challenging anti-Muslim sentiment $25,000 9 mos.
Retain A Just Nebraska To support advocacy on capital punishment in Nebraska $500,000 7 mos.
 

Sierra Club

 

To support advocacy on the TransPacific Partnership $125,000 1 year
 

Sixteen Thirty Fund

 

To support the Constitutional Responsibility Project for advocacy on judicial nominations $225,000 9 mos.
TOTAL   $1,913,050

 

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