Notwithstanding ongoing criticism that the US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia has not adequately responded to or acted upon reports by the House and Senate of Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) violations, the chief enforcement authority for the provisions of the LDA issued a press release this month reporting that a total of $80,000 in fines will be levied against two lobbying firms. Lussier, Gregor, Vienna & Associates of Alexandria, Virginia will pay $50,000 to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Da Vinci Group, which has offices in Leesburg, Virginia, and in Washington, DC, will pay $30,000. Both firms were assessed the civil penalties for repeated failure to file lobbying and contribution disclosure reports as required by the LDA. The press release includes a statement from US Attorney Ronald Machen that the experience of these two penalized firms should serve as an example to other lobbyists, and he warns repeat offenders to take reporting obligations seriously, or be held accountable. Registered lobbying firms may be subject to random audits of their activity by the GAO, but the data collected in those audits are not used for enforcement purposes.