A: Try searching for lobbyists by their last name. If you are unsure of the spelling, you can scroll down the list until you get to the letter the last name begins with. If you still do not find it, the person you are searching for is not a licensed lobbyist for the legislative session in which you are searching.
We recommend searching for principals by the least common word in their name. For example, if looking for the Wisconsin Realtors Association, type in “realtors” and click Search. You can also scroll down the list until you get to the letter with which the principal’s name begins. If you still do not find it, the organization you are searching for has not registered with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission for the legislative session in which you are searching.
A: The requirements about who must have a lobbying license are fairly detailed. In short, a lobbying license is only required if you attempt to influence state legislation or an administrative rule on behalf of a business or organization that pays you, and if you communicate with a state official or legislative employee about such matters on 5 or more days within a 6-month reporting period.
For additional details, consult the When Must an Individual Obtain a License to Lobby guide published by the Ethics Commission.
A: Lobbyists and principals submit three kinds of reports.
A: Lobbyists may only make personal campaign contributions of their own funds between the date when candidates can begin to circulate nomination papers (April 15 for the general election) and the date of that election.
The state legislative election "window" does not open until after the Legislature concludes its final scheduled floor period (if the final floor period is scheduled for a date after April 15). For example, the 2016 Fall election had a "window" of May 18th to November 3rd, because the legislature concluded its final floor period on May 17th's special session.
However, lobbyists may convey or deliver contributions from their clients to candidate committees at any time.
A: $0.00. Wisconsin has one of the strictest lobbying laws in the country, and legislators may not even accept a cup of coffee from a lobbyist or anyone else. Lobbyists may, however, pay for a legislator’s meal if he or she is speaking at an event.
For further assistance, please review information at the Lobbying section of the Ethics Commission website and the Eye on Lobbying User's Guide.
You may also contact the Wisconsin Ethics Commission by:
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