Registration And Licensing
An organization employing a lobbyist for compensation in Wisconsin must do three things:
1) register the organization,
2) license its lobbyist(s), and
3) authorize its lobbyist(s).
Registration is not complete until all three steps have been completed and all required fee payments have been made.
There are two types of lobbyist licenses. For a lobbyist who works on behalf of only one principal, the license fee is $250 (a “single license”). For a lobbyist with more than one client, the license fee is $400 (a “multiple license”).
There are also two types of principal registrations. An organization intending to spend less than $500 in a calendar year on lobbying expenses may register as a “limited lobbying principal” for a fee of $20. All other organizations register as full lobbying principals for a fee of $375.
Every lobbyist, including in-house lobbyists, must be authorized to lobby on behalf of each principal they represent. This fee is $125 per lobbyist.
2017-2018 Lobbying Fee Schedule
Lobbyist license (single)
Lobbyist license (multiple)
$125 per lobbyist
Limited principal registration (spending less than $500 in a calendar year on lobbying)
FOCUS subscription (optional)
$100 per email address