Understanding the lobbying restriction under the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, 2010
Who: Consultant lobbyists are prohibited from lobbying for a client if that client is a designated broader public sector organization and pays the consultant lobbyist for their lobbying services with public funds. If one of these entities hires a consultant lobbyist who is paid using public funds, the consultant lobbyist would be in breach of section 3.1 of the Lobbyists Registration Act, 1998. This is explained in more detail in Interpretation Bulletin #4: “Can my client pay me with public money?”
Consultant lobbyists can lobby on behalf of a broader public sector client only if the client pays them with other funds. This must be attested to by the client.
When: When filing an initial registration for a client that meets the criteria in section 4 of the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, 2010, the consultant lobbyist must also provide an attestation signed by the head of the client organization at the same time. A new attestation is required at each annual renewal of the registration.
If the attestation is not provided when the registration is submitted, the registration may not be published on the Lobbyists Registry.
How: The attestation form can be downloaded during the registration process when a consultant lobbyist answers ‘yes’ to the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act question. The signed attestation form can be sent by email (the client’s electronic signature is acceptable). The attestation form is also available on our Resources page.
If you have any questions about the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act or the attestation, please contact us.