Instructions


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This service allows public users to either search for a specific lobbyist or principal registered with the Commissioner of Political Practices’ office, or view a list of all lobbyists or principals registered during a particular legislative session. 

Users also have the option to download lists of either all lobbyists or principals registered for a particular session.  The format of each file is an ascii-delimited text file (CSV), which can be opened with Excel or a similar application.

 

Searching for a lobbyist registered during a specific legislative session:

First, select the session year. Then select the ‘Search for a Lobbyist’ option and click ‘Continue.’ 

Next, enter the first and last name of the lobbyist; last name is a required field and must contain at least 3 letters. (First name is optional.)  Once entered, click the ‘Search’ button and all matching results will be displayed. 

Click on the name of the lobbyist to view associated principals.

 

View all lobbyists registered during a specific legislative session:

First, select the session year. Then select the ‘View all Lobbyists’ option and click ‘Continue.’ 

Next, the letters A–Z are displayed; click on a letter to view lobbyists whose last name begins with that letter.  Names are displayed in alphabetical order. 

Click on the name of a specific lobbyist to view associated principals. 

 

Searching for a principal registered during a specific legislative session:

Select the desired session year. Then select the ‘Search for a principal’ option and click ‘Continue.’

Next, enter the organization name of the principal. This field must contain at least 3 letters.  Once entered, click the ‘Search’ button and all matching results will be displayed. 

Click on the name of the principal to view associated lobbyists.

 

View all principals registered during a specific legislative session:

Select the session year. Then select the ‘View all Principals’ option and click ‘Continue’. 

Next, the letters A–Z are displayed; click on a letter to view principals whose name begins with the selected letter.  Principals are displayed in alphabetical order. 

Click on the name of a principal to view associated lobbyists. 

 

Download a list of either all principals or all lobbyists registered for a specific legislative session:

Select the session year. Then select either ‘View all Lobbyists’ or ‘View all Principals’ and click ‘Continue.’

Click ‘Download File’ (at the top of the page.)  You can choose to open the file or save it on your computer. 

The format of each file is an ascii-delimited text file (CSV). Microsoft Excel and Access are commonly used to open ascii-delimited text files (CSV).  To save the file to your computer, select the desired location and click ‘Save’. 

 

Contact Information:

For questions about this on-line service contact us via email, or phone 1-406-449-EGOV (3468). 

Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices 406-444-2942 http://politicalpractices.mt.gov/