Ontario lobbyists fear loss of access unless they sell Ford fundraiser tickets - 2019-02-21
Ontario's Progressive Conservative Party has asked registered lobbyists to help sell tickets to Premier Doug Ford's coming fundraising dinner, an event that companies and industry groups say they feel pressure to attend to maintain high-level access to the government.
The $1,250-a-person dinner is being billed as the largest fundraiser in party history and marks the first sizable event since the Ford government rolled back some of the campaign-finance reforms implemented by the former Liberal government after a cash-for-access scandal.
However, lagging ticket sales for the Feb. 27 event have prompted intense efforts to push people to attend and, in some cases, help persuade others to do so, according to multiple sources in business, government relations and the PC Party. The sources were granted anonymity by The Globe and Mail because of fears of negative professional consequences.