OSPC Summary of Lobbying Activities: 2018, First Quarter

July 27, 2018

OSPC Summary of Lobbying Activities

Period: January 1 – March 31, 2018 (Q1)

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

Immigration (IMM)

Legislation on Immigration, including deferred action for childhood arrivals, legal immigration, enforcement policies and temporary protected status
Entities 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

H.R. 5682, First Step Act
Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives

H.R. 3356, Prison Reform and Redemption Act
Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives

Legislation related to police week activities and policing legislation
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

Foreign Policy

Foreign Relations (FOR)

Nominations of David B. Cornstein (U.S. Ambassador to Hungary), Gina Haspel and Mike Pompeo
Entity Lobbied: Senate

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

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

S. 2482, Foreign Agents Registration Amendments Act
Entity Lobbied: Senate

S. 625/H.R. 2811, Foreign Agents Registration Modernization and Enforcement Act
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

S. 2039/H.R. 4170, Disclosing Foreign Influence Act
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

S. 1679, Foreign Agent Lobbying Transparency Enforcement Act
Entity Lobbied: Senate

S. 2583/H.R. 5336, Foreign Influence Transparency Act
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

H.R. 5354, Countering Foreign Propaganda Act
Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives

H.R. 484, DRAIN the SWAMP Act
Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives

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

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. 4837, No Unconstitutional Strike Against North Korea Act, regarding withholding funds for any U.S. military action against North Korea unless authorized by Congress
Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives

H.R. 5273, Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018
Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives

Unnumbered, draft bill on support for diplomacy, deterrence and containment regarding North Korea weapons programs
Entities 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

U.S. foreign policy concerning human rights and governance issues in DRC and Zimbabwe
Entities Lobbied: House of Representatives, Senate, State Department

Budget/Appropriations (BUD)

Unnumbered/H.R. 5515, National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2019, provisions regarding security sector assistance, “Leahy Law” and civilian casualties and use of force policy
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

H.R. 5592, State Department Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, provisions regarding security sector assistance and “Leahy Law”
Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives

Government Issues (GOV)
Senate consideration of executive branch nominations
Entity Lobbied: Senate

OSPC Grants

Period: January 1 – March 31, 2018 (Q1)

Grantee Name Purpose Amount Period
The Aspen Institute, Inc. to support a seminar on foreign policy $65,000 4 mos.
Light of Freedom Ballot Fund to support policy advocacy on immigration in Nevada $500,000 2 yrs
Center for Community Change Action to provide support for Progressive Multiplier Fund, a project of the grantee $300,000 1 year
Progress North Carolina Action to support policy advocacy related to North Carolina state courts $150,000 2 mos.
Center for Community Change Action to support policy advocacy on immigration $250,000 3 mos.
American Immigration Council to support policy advocacy on immigration $35,000 1 mo
National Immigration Forum Action Fund to provide organizational support $150,000 1.9 mos.
America’s Voice to support policy advocacy on immigration $210,000 2 mos.
Foreign Policy for America to provide organizational support $200,000 18 mos.
Human Rights First to support policy advocacy on refugees $20,000 1.5 mos.
United States Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG) to support the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency Coalition, a project of the grantee $200,000 1 year
Korean Americans in Action to support policy advocacy on North Korea $85,000 11 mos.
Peace Action to support policy advocacy on North Korea $5,000 3 mos.
Total $2,170,000

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