AN ACT TO REQUIRE SOURCE DISCLOSURE FOR ONLINE GRASSROOTS LOBBYING.
Enacts GS 120C-306 requiring a lobbyist or lobbyist principal that solicits others directly or indirectly through a third party to comply with all of the following if the solicitation is designed to generate an email from a member of the public to a legislator: (1) the first line of the body of the generated email must disclose the name of the lobbyist principal and (2) the second line of the body of the generated email must disclose the name of the third party, if any, that has been employed by the lobbyist or the lobbyist principal to engage in the solicitation. Requires notifying the public, before any generated email is sent, that a generated email will be sent on that person's behalf to a legislator and that as a result, personal information may be disclosed to the legislator. Defines the phrase "designed to generate an email from a member of the public" to mean an electronic document that invites, encourages, or offers the opportunity for members of the public to sign or otherwise indicate support for the document's contents and that creates and sends a generated email to a legislator that is attributed to the member of the public. Effective October 1, 2021.
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