Acevo and NCVO (see how I slip so sweetly into the acronyms of lobbying - the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary organisations and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations) are twitching at the prospect of a lobbying register and its 'unintended consequences':
The chief executives body Acevo and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations have written a joint letter to Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, to ask for a round-table discussion about the possible "unintended consequences" of a proposed new register of lobbyists for charities.
So what are the worries?
In the letter, Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo, and Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the NCVO, said they wanted to ensure that any register "does not unintentionally prevent, impede or dissuade charities from doing the vital work they do in informing government policy".
That would be lobbying, no?