Lobbying expenses and other activities by ICANN regarding the underway IANA Stewardship Transition debates left some questions marks. These questions marks were put in a number of forums like: GNSO Working session in Dublin, message threads in the CCWG on Accountability, Public Forum debates in Dublin and Buenos Aires and pending the newest ICANN QSC.
ICANN replied to all questions by showing openly disposable lobbying disclosure documents, which are demanded by the U.S. government’s lobbying disclosure laws. These are proposed at disclosing lobbying contacts and operations regarding the control of U.S. government officials in the Executive branch and Congress.
ICANN respected and kept the US lobbying disclosure demands. ICANN’s lobbying disclosure forms from previous years was posted on both our website and other sites.
In the plenty of questions there are also remarks to other ICANN transition expenses. In addition, the community expressed its interest in better comprehend a wider set of operations, education and eclipse regarding ICANN’s role. A new set of information is available on the website, where you will be able to find a detailed disruption of expenses regarding the IANA Stewardship Transition, including producer names, budget amounts and the list can go on.
Summarizing, a total amount of $765,829 has been consumed with three firms: Inc., Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP, Kountoupes Denham and Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen Bingel & Thomas, which have been captured on a monthly deposit to help us with all ICANN-related issues. These are the only non-staff connected lobbying costs ICANN find. All entrepreneurs with which we collaborate are not allowed to lobby members of the U.S. government in the name of ICANN, nor by law or by contract. Moreover ICANN has one registered internal lobbyist, ICANN executive Jamie Hedlund,Vice President, Strategic Programs, Global Domains Division.
About 11% or $1,070,438 of transition-related expenditures were for education and engagement while 8% or $765, 829 went to U.S Government Affairs (lobbying). The difference between this category and lobbying is significant.
As part of our wider mission, ICANN has strived raising awareness of the IANA Stewardship Transition process and grow interest and contribution in the multistakeholder model. Different partners who sustain all these educational efforts collaborate with ICANN to attract interested worldwide parties, especially U.S.
The firms that supported us in our effort for education are: Interface Media, Albright Stonebridge Group LLC, Summit Strategies International LLC, Edelman, Rice Hadley Gates LLC and WBC Global.
All the information mentioned and already posted on our website intends to deliver further transparency about ICANN’s transition-related expenses, as well as the amounts and the why behind them.