OSPC Summary of Lobbying Activities: 2018, Third Quarter

November 12, 2018

OSPC Summary of Lobbying Activities

Period: July 1 – September 30, 2018 (Q3)

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

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

Government Issues (GOV)
Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh
Entity Lobbied: Senate

Foreign Policy

Foreign Relations (FOR)

H.Con.Res. 138, Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.
Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives

Bills on Foreign Funded Organizations in Hungary
Entities Lobbied: Department of State, Senate, House of Representatives

Amendments to the Higher Education Act 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

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

Issues related to U.S. Strategy for Europe
Entities lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives
Issues related to Violence against Roma in Ukraine
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

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

Issues related to organization of refugee and humanitarian agencies
Entity Lobbied: Senate

Budget/Appropriations (BUD)

S. 2987, National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2019, provisions regarding security sector assistance, North Korea, Defense for Institute for International Legal Studies and “Leahy Law”
Entity Lobbied: Senate

FY 2019 Foreign Assistance to Europe and Eurasia
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

Government Issues (GOV)
Nominations of Ronald Mortensen, Robert Destro and David Hale
Entity Lobbied: Senate

OSPC Grants

Period: July 1 – September 30, 2018 (Q3)

Grantee Name Purpose Amount Period
American Jewish World Service, Inc. to support foreign policy advocacy $300,000 2 years
American College of National Security Leaders to provide organizational support $25,000 1 year
Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, Inc. to provide organizational support $650,000 2 years
Center for American Progress Action Fund to support advocacy on judicial nominations $150,000 1 year
Center for Community Change Action to support policy advocacy on expanded access to childcare $400,000 1 year
Center for Popular Democracy Action – Vamos to support policy advocacy in Puerto Rico $150,000 2 years
Color of Change to support advocacy on judicial nominations and voting rights $350,000 2 years
Committee for a Fair Judiciary to support advocacy on judicial nominations $150,000 3 mos.
Committee to Save Our Neighborhoods (ACCE Action) to support policy advocacy in California $300,000 4 mos.
De-Escalate Washington to support policy advocacy in Washington $230,000 2 mos.
Fairness Project to support Medicaid expansion ballot initiatives $500,000 3 mos.
Fund for Constitutional Government to support the Peace and Security Funders Group $75,000 17 mos.
GS Action Inc. to support policy advocacy on behalf of marginalized youth $200,000 2 years
Human Rights First to support policy advocacy on refugees and asylum-seekers $200,000 18 mos.
Institute for Asian Democracy to support policy advocacy on Burma $25,000 14 mos.
Jolt Action To support policy advocacy in Texas. $100,000 1 year
Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights to support advocacy on judicial nominations $200,000 4 mos.
Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR) to support advocacy on judicial nominations $200,000 4 mo
Leandra English Legal Expense Trust to provide organizational support $25,000 1 year
Maine People’s Alliance to support advocacy on judicial nominations $100,000 3 mos.
Missouri Organizing and Voter Engagement Action to support policy advocacy in Missouri $300,000 2 years
MomsRising Together to support policy advocacy on immigration $200,000 6 mos.
Ohio Safe and Healthy Communities to support policy advocacy on criminal justice $350,000 2 years
ONE Action to provide organizational support $2,000,000 19 mos.
Organize Florida to support policy advocacy in Florida $600,000 3 years
People’s Action to provide organizational support $300,000 1 year
People’s Action – Down Home North Carolina to support policy advocacy in North Carolina $300,000 3 years
Planned Parenthood Action Fund to support advocacy on judicial nominations $750,000 6 mos.
The Advocacy Fund – Florida Rights Restoration Coalition to support policy advocacy in Florida $450,000 3 years
Voters Not Politicians Ballot Committee to provide organizational support $100,000 3 mos.
Working Families Organization to support policy advocacy on corporate accountability $700,000 1 year
Yes on 2 – Unanimous Jury Coalition to support policy advocacy on criminal justice reform in Louisiana $420,000 6 mos.
Total $10,325,000

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