A great deal has changed in our world in the past year, which makes it very likely that your lobbying activity has also changed. But when you submit a registration renewal that’s identical to your previous submission, registry staff check carefully to make sure that the information remains current. Lobbyists will be contacted where the information appears to be have been re-submitted without careful review.
We often see renewals submitted and published to the registry, only to have them updated the next day. This duplicates effort for you and for registry staff. Please help us make the renewal process a single step: review and update the content before you submit.
To ensure your renewal moves efficiently through the system, it’s important to always check the following:
- The current status of any bills noted in the registration. If the bill has become law, then the lobbying activity likely needs to be updated and/or moved to another section.
- Have you achieved your lobbying goals? What lobbying initiatives on behalf of your client, organization or business do you hope to achieve next?
- For consultants, have you already coordinated the introductory meetings on behalf of your client? This should be indicated in the lobbying activity section of your registration.
- Do the selected subject matters match the lobbying activity?
- Ensure government funding has been updated with current figures from the government’s previous fiscal year.
- For consultants who are lobbying on behalf of a designated broader public sector organization, have you provided a new attestation form, signed by your client, to confirm that you are not being paid with public funds?
- For organizations and businesses, does the registration properly reflect the current and former paid lobbyists?
- For organizations, have you updated the list of officers/board of directors on the registration?
Don't forget to use the available resources on how to describe lobbying activity and the registration checklists to ensure your renewal goes smoothly.