OSPC Summary of Lobbying Activities: 2018, Second Quarter

September 4, 2018

OSPC Summary of Lobbying Activities

Period: April 1 – June 30, 2018 (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

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

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

H.R. 5698: Protect and Serve Act of 2018
Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives

S. 3195: Law Enforcement and Trust and Integrity Act
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

H.R. 5785: Jobs and Justice Act of 2018
Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives

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

Budget/Appropriations (BUD)
Issues pertaining to Puerto Rico disaster relief
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

Foreign Policy

Foreign Relations (FOR)

Nominations of Mike Pompeo, Gina Haspel, Ronald Mortensen and David Cornstein
Entity lobbied: Senate

S.J. Res. 59, Authorization for Use of Military Force of 2018
Entity Lobbied: Senate

Bills on Foreign Funded Organizations in Hungary
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

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

Georgian Strategic Partnership Dialogue
Entity Lobbied: Department of State

Assistance for Government Transition in Armenia
Entities Lobbied: Millennium Challenge Corporation, Department of State, Senate, House of Representatives

Issues related to U.S. Strategy for Europe
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

Issues related to Brussels NATO Summit Communiqué
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

Issues related to recognition of World Press Freedom Day
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

Issues related to European Union accession for Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia & Herzegovina
Entities Lobbied: Department of State, Senate, House of Representatives

Issues related to NATO accession for Macedonia
Entities Lobbied: Department of State, 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. 4837/S. 2019, 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

H.R. 6012, North Korea Nuclear Baseline Act
Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives

S. 3142, North Korea Policy Oversight Act of 2018
Entity lobbied: Senate

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

Unnumbered, draft resolutions of disapproval of the sale by U.S. government of precision guided munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
Entity Lobbied: Senate

Budget/Appropriations (BUD)

S. 2987/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: April 1 – June 30, 2018 (Q2)

Grantee Name Purpose Amount Period
American Jewish World Service, Inc. to support foreign policy advocacy $300,000 2 years
Amnesty International USA to support foreign policy advocacy $250,000 1 year
Care in Action, Inc. to support policy advocacy on immigration $500,000 6 mos.
Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAP AF) to support policy advocacy on North Korea $50,000 1 year
Center for International Policy to support Win Without War, a project of the grantee $50,000 1.5 mos.
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) to support foreign policy advocacy $100,000 2 years
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) to support advocacy on executive nominations $50,000 1 mo.
Global Witness to support policy advocacy on transparency in the natural resources sector $250,000 1 year
Human Rights First to support advocacy on executive nominations $24,228 1.5 mos.
Latino Victory Project to support policy advocacy on Puerto Rico issues $670,000 34 mos.
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Inc. to provide organizational support $1,500,000 22 mos.
Legacies of War to support policy advocacy on Laos $150,000 2 years
MoveOn.org Civic Action to support advocacy on executive nominations $50,000 1 month
Muslim Advocates to support advocacy on executive nominations $50,000 2 mos.
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) to support policy advocacy on police reform $119,000 10 mos.
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund to support policy advocacy on torture $63,000 4 mos.
National Security Action to support foreign policy advocacy $200,000 1 year
Project on Government Oversight, Inc. to support policy advocacy on government transparency $100,000 2 years
Proteus Action League to support advocacy on judicial selection processes $25,000 2 years
Resource Impact to support policy advocacy on Puerto Rican refugee rights $500,000 1 year
Sister District Action Network to support the grantee’s work on civic engagement $100,000 1 year
Sixteen Thirty Fund to provide support for Demand Justice, a project of the grantee $2,500,000 21 mos.
Sixteen Thirty Fund to support advocacy on executive nominations $50,000 2 mos.
Sixteen Thirty Fund to support policy advocacy on social safety net programs $1,000,000 1 year
Sixteen Thirty Fund to support cross-sector policy advocacy and planning $250,000 2 years
Vet Voice Foundation to support policy advocacy on North Korea $25,000 3 mos.
Working Texans for Paid Sick Time to support policy advocacy on earned paid sick days $750,000 8 mos.
Total $9,676,228

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