OSPC Summary of Lobbying Activities: 2019, First Quarter

May 1, 2019

OSPC Summary of Lobbying Activities

Period: January 1 – March 31, 2019 (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

Health Issues (HCR)

Issues related to prescription drug pricing
Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives

Reintroduction of the CARE Act (opioids legislation)
Entities lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

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)

H.R. 2168, REAL Act of 2019
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

H.R. 1714, Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act of 2019
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

Legislation on jobs and criminal justice reform for underserved communities.
Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives

Legislation related to cannabis legalization and cannabis equity
Entity lobbied: House of Representatives

S. 597, Marijuana Justice Act of 2019
Entity Lobbied: Senate

Legislation pertaining to data collection and training for law enforcement
Entity Lobbied: Senate

Legislation related to police accountability
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

Legislation pertaining to Use of Force by police officers
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

Legislation on independent prosecution and investigation of police officers who use deadly force (grand jury bill)
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

Legislation related to “cooling off periods” for officers involved in police shootings or criminal misconduct
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

Budget/Appropriations (BUD)

Issues pertaining to immigration
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

Issues pertaining to Puerto Rico disaster relief
Entity Lobbied: House

Foreign Policy

Foreign Relations (FOR)

H.R.1004, Prohibiting Unauthorized Military Action in Venezuela Act
Entity Lobbied: House

H.R. 1274, Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force
Entity Lobbied: House

H.R. 2037, Bill to encourage accountability for the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi
Entity Lobbied: House

S.J.Res.7, Joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress
Entities Lobbied: House and Senate

S. 544, Bill to require the Director of National Intelligence to submit to Congress a report on the death of Jamal Khashoggi, and for other purposes
Entity Lobbied: Senate

S.398, Saudi Arabia Accountability and Yemen Act of 2019
Entity Lobbied: Senate

Democratic Republic of the Congo Democracy and Accountability
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

Bill to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act
Entities Lobbied: Senate, 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

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

Issues related to U.S. strategy for Kyrgyzstan
Entity Lobbied: Department of State

Issues related to 22 USC 2378d and 10 USC 362 aka “Leahy Law”
Entities Lobbied: Department of State, Senate, House of Representatives

Issues related to asset recovery
Entity Lobbied: U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

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

Issues related to North Korea
Entity lobbied: Senate

Issues related to use of force and reporting of civilian casualties
Entity Lobbied: House

Health Issues (HCR)

S. 210/ H.R. 671 – Global Health, Empowerment and Rights Act (HER Act)
Entities lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

S. 3476/ H.R. 6651 – PEPFAR Extension Act of 2018
Entities lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

Budget/Appropriations (BUD)

Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019
Entity Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Act, 2019
Entity Lobbied: House of Representatives

National Defense Authorization Act, 2019
Entities Lobbied: Senate, House of Representatives

FY 2020 State and Foreign Operations and Related Programs
Entity lobbied: House of Representatives

OSPC Grants

Period: January 1 – March 31, 2019 (Q1)

Grantee Name Purpose Amount Period
America’s Voice to support policy advocacy on immigration $150,000 6 months
Border Network for Human Rights to support policy advocacy on immigration $200,000 11 months
Congressional Progressive Caucus Center to provide organizational support $750,000 18 months
Foreign Policy for America to provide organizational support $500,000 2 years
International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) to support policy advocacy to preserve civil society $100,000 10 months
Partnership for a Secure America to support policy advocacy briefings on North Korea $25,000 5 months
Project on Middle East Democracy to support policy advocacy on U.S. aid to Egypt, Tunisia, and the Gulf $115,000 1 year
Public Citizen to support policy advocacy on government accountability and oversight $150,000 1 year
United States Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG) to support FACT Coalition for policy advocacy on ending anonymous shell company abuse $400,000 2 years
Total $2,390,000

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