But lobbying is now deeply dangerous in Hong Kong.
“Colluding with foreign forces” is one of the four acts targeted by the vaguely worded security law, which was imposed on Hong Kong on 30 June, its contents kept secret until it was enacted.
Disqualification of opposition politicians like Chow has now become commonplace in Hong Kong.
Last month, 12 pro-democracy figures were barred because officials deemed their political views unacceptable.
Infractions cited by the government in the disqualifications included criticism of the new national security law and posting protest slogans on social media.
Demosisto figures knew they would become prime targets of the security law, and disbanded the party hours before its passage.
Nathan Law fled to Britain the same week.
Both Chow and Wong have remained in Hong Kong despite the risk.
In cases unrelated to the national security law, the pair are also being prosecuted for taking part in last year’s huge pro-democracy protests.