When Your Client is an Association or a Coalition
Consultant lobbyist registrations are required to provide certain information about the clients. For example, Issue 29 of this newsletter covered what should be included when for-profit entities have, or are subsidiaries of other corporations. But what about not-for-profit organizations that are made up of other entities?
If your client is not a business or for-profit entity, you should check to see if, and how, it meets the definition of “organization” in the Lobbyists Registration Act, 1998. If it is an association or a coalition, you will need to provide information about the businesses or other types of entities that form the membership of the client. Pay close attention to the following prompts in the registration form under “Additional Client Information”:
If your client is an organization, provide the business name and address of each partnership, corporation or entity that is part of the organization.
If your client’s activities are controlled or directed by a third party with a direct interest in the outcome of your lobbying activity provide the name(s) and address(es).
When your client’s membership is made up of individuals, it is not necessary to list their names and addresses, however, you should explain the membership structure of the entity in the “Describe your client’s business” section of the registration.
You can always contact the Office if you have questions about what information to provide about a specific client.