OSPC Summary of Lobbying Activities: 2017, Fourth Quarter

May 9, 2018

OSPC Summary of Lobbying Activities

Period: October 1 – December 31, 2017 (Q4)

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

Budget/Appropriations (BUD)

Supplemental Appropriations Request for FY 2017, provisions related to deportation forces, and detention space. Additionally, provisions related to hurricane relief for Puerto Rico
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

Education (EDU)

Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act, pertaining to prevention and intervention services and funding, correctional education and racial disparities in enforcement
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

School discipline, pertaining to civil rights enforcement, data collection, and law enforcement in schools and training/professional development
Entities Lobbied: House of Representatives, Senate, Department of Education

Government Issues (GOV)

Senate consideration of executive branch nominations
Entity Lobbied: Senate

Immigration (IMM)

Legislation on Immigration, including deferred action for childhood arrivals, enforcement policies and temporary protected status
Entity Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

Law Enforcement/Crime/Criminal Justice (LAW)

Legislation on criminal justice reform, including S.1917, Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017, pertaining to mandatory minimum sentences and recidivism reduction.
Entity Lobbied: Senate

S. 1593, Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act, pertaining to the replacement of money bail as a condition of pretrial release.
Entity Lobbied: Senate

S.1524, Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act, pertaining to unjust conditions for incarcerated women.
Entity Lobbied: Senate

Congressional Black Caucus comprehensive criminal justice reform bill (unnumbered)
Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives

S. 1610, Walter Scott Act, pertaining to data collection and training for law enforcement
Entity Lobbied: Senate

Tax/Internal Revenue Code (TAX)

Legislation to reform the Tax Code, in particular provisions that significantly impact Puerto Rico.
Entities Lobbied: Senate and House of Representatives

Foreign Policy

Foreign Relations (FOR)

Legislation to counter terrorism and improve homeland security
Entity Lobbied: Senate

Bill on Foreign Funded Organizations in Hungary (LexNGO)
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives, Department of State

Amendments to the Higher Education Act in Hungary (LexCEU)
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives, White House, Department of State

Amendments to the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

H.R. 2200, Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, provisions on child soldiers
Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives

S.1862, Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, provisions on child soldiers
Entity Lobbied: Senate

H.R.669/ S. 200, Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017, provisions regarding withholding funds for any U.S. military action against North Korea unless authorized by Congress
Entity Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

S. 2047, Preventing Preemptive War in North Korea Act of 2017, provision regarding withholding funds for any U.S. military action against North Korea unless authorized by Congress
Entity Lobbied: Senate

S. 924, National Security Diversity and Inclusion Workforce Act of 2017
Entity Lobbied: Senate

Budget/Appropriations (BUD)

S.1780, Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2018, provisions related to security sector assistance, funding for Leahy vetting, provisions regarding assistance for Egypt and Tunisia
Entity Lobbied: Senate

H.R. 3362, Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2018, provisions related to assistance for Egypt
Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives

H.R. 2810, National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2018, provisions regarding the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies and authority for Special Operations Forces to train foreign irregular forces

S.1519, National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2018, provisions regarding the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies and authority for Special Operations Forces to train foreign irregular forces

Defense Department Appropriations bill for FY 2018, pertaining to restrictions on war with North Korea
Entity Lobbied: Senate

H.R. 2810, National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2018, regarding security sector assistance, civilian casualties and use of force policy
Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives

S.1519, National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2018, regarding security sector assistance, civilian casualties and use of force policy
Entity Lobbied: Senate

OSPC Grants

Period: October 1 – December 31, 2017 (Q4)

Grantee Name Purpose Amount Period
Advance Carolina To provide organizational support $112,500 1 year
Alliance of San Diego Mobilization Fund To support policy advocacy on immigration enforcement $100,000 1 year
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy To support advocacy on government oversight $92,000 1 year
American Immigration Council To support policy advocacy on immigration $120,000 7 mos.
American Jewish World Service To support policy advocacy on U.S. financing for global health $150,000 15 mos.
Americans for Tax Fairness Action Fund To support policy advocacy on tax reform $1,000,000 4 mos.
America’s Voice Education Fund To support policy advocacy on immigration $200,000 1 year
Arizona Wins To support policy advocacy on Arizona’s ballot measure process $300,000 2 years
Ballot Initiative Strategy Center Inc. To support a project on state ballot initiatives $175,000 1 year
Beyond the Choir To support foreign policy advocacy $110,000 1 year
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. To support policy advocacy on immigration $80,000 6 mos.
Center for a New Economy To support policy advocacy on disaster relief for Puerto Rico $100,000 5 mos.
Center for American Progress Action Fund To support advocacy related to federal and state courts $40,000 6 mos.
Center for American Progress Action Fund To support policy advocacy on disaster relief for Puerto Rico $50,000 6 mos.
Center for Community Change Action To support policy advocacy on expanded access to childcare $500,000 1 year
Center for Community Change Action To support policy advocacy on immigration and provide organizational support $2,000,000 25 mos.
Center for Community Change Action To support policy advocacy on immigration $110,000 1 mo.
Center for Popular Democracy Action To support Local Progress Action, a project of the Grantee $60,000 2 years
Center for Victims of Torture To support foreign and domestic policy advocacy $250,000 2 years
CPD ACTION/Living United for Change Arizona To provide support for Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA), a project of the grantee $250,000 2 years
Domestic Worker Legacy Fund, Inc. To provide organizational support $400,000 2 years
Engage Cuba To support policy advocacy on Cuba $750,000 2 years
Family Always Comes First, Inc. To support policy advocacy in Florida $1,000,000 13 mos.
Fund for Constitutional Government To support Jubilee USA Network, a project of the grantee $50,000 6 mos.
Human Rights First To support policy advocacy on refugee and asylum issues $100,000 1 year
Innovation Ohio To support policy advocacy on redistricting $65,000 7 mos.
Latin America Working Group To support foreign policy advocacy $45,000 1 year
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights To support policy advocacy on racial and economic justice $225,000 2 years
Maine People’s Alliance To support policy advocacy on universal home care $200,000 2 years
Maine People’s Alliance To support policy advocacy in Maine $200,000 2 years
Mercy Corps To support foreign policy advocacy $150,000 18 mos.
MOVE Action to support policy advocacy in Missouri $225,000 2 years
MOVE Ballot Fund To support policy advocacy in Missouri $300,000 16 mos.
National Immigration Forum Action Fund To support policy advocacy on immigration $50,000 3 mos.
National Peace Corps Association To support foreign policy advocacy $115,000 1 year
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund To provide organizational support $135,000 1 year
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund To support policy advocacy on torture $30,000 5.2 mos.
NEO Philanthropy To support MoveOn’s participation in the OPEN Network $44,000 1 year
New Left Accelerator To provide organizational support $250,000 1 year
No on I-27 To support policy advocacy on protecting public health $40,000 7 mos.
Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund To support policy advocacy on redistricting $85,000 7 mos.
Ohio Safe and Healthy Communities Campaign To support the Ohio Safe and Healthy Communities Campaign, a project of the grantee $1,000,000 2 years
Organize Florida To support policy advocacy in Florida $500,000 2 years
Oxfam America, Inc. To support foreign policy advocacy $300,000 17 mos.
People’s Action/Down Home North Carolina To support policy advocacy in North Carolina $150,000 2 years
PICO Action Fund To provide organizational support $500,000 19 mos.
Pretrial Justice Institute To support policy advocacy on bail reform $50,000 5 mos.
Progressive Maryland To support policy advocacy on criminal and economic justice in Maryland $75,000 1 year
Project on Government Oversight, Inc. To support congressional oversight $300,000 16 mos.
Project on Middle East Democracy To support policy advocacy on U.S. aid to Egypt and Tunisia $90,000 1 year
Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition To support policy advocacy in Arizona. $150,000 25 mos.
Proteus Action League To support Piper Action Fund, a project of the grantee $25,000 1 year
Rethink Media To support policy advocacy on national security and civil liberties $250,000 1 year
Sister District Action To provide organizational support $75,000 1 year
Sixteen Thirty Fund To support Demand Progress Action, a project of the grantee $150,000 8 mos.
Stand Up for Ohio to support policy advocacy on criminal justice reform in Ohio $500,000 2 years
State Engagement Fund To support policy advocacy in Florida, Georgia and Arizona $170,000 2 years
Truman National Security Project To support policy advocacy on domestic authoritarianism and foreign policy $110,000 1 year
Total $14,653,500

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