WISPIRG (Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group)

Registered Principal Details

Business Or Interest:
Public interest education and advocacy on consumer protection, toxics and public health, transportation, good government, and other issues.

Lobbying Interests:
transportation, state budget, toxics and public health, government transparency, consumer protection, health care.

Title:
Executive Director

Contact
BS
Bruce Speight
122 State Street, Suite 309
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 251-9501
bspeight@wispirg.org
www.wispirg.org

Authorized Lobbyists

Lobbyist Name Exclusive Duties Authorized On Withdrawn On
Bruce Speight Exclusive Duties N/A Authorized On 1/25/2011 Withdrawn On N/A
Kyle Bailey Exclusive Duties N/A Authorized On 1/25/2011 Withdrawn On N/A
Shannon Nelson Exclusive Duties N/A Authorized On 1/25/2011 Withdrawn On 8/6/2012

Lobbying Interests

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

January 2011 Special Session Assembly Bill 6
January 2011 Special Session Assembly Bill 6
Relating to: creation of an authority, to be known as the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and making appropriations.

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
2/1/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Comments
We're advocating maximum transparency and fiscal accountability in the state budget, including in economic development subsidies, which relate to this bill.
Supporting Documentation
20110201_102656_WISPIRG Testimony for Joint Committee Hearing on SB6-AB6 bills to create Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.pdf

www.wispirg.org
January 2011 Special Session Assembly Bill 11
January 2011 Special Session Assembly Bill 11
Relating to: state finances, collective bargaining for public employees, compensation and fringe benefits of public employees, the state civil service system, the Medical Assistance program, sale of certain facilities, granting bonding authority, and makin...

Bill Text and History

2011 Wisconsin Act 10

Other
Notification Date
3/16/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Comments
WISPIRG opposes the provision that would allow for the sale or lease of state-owned power plants. Before moving forward to allow for the privatization of public assets, the state must adopt principles that protect Wisconsin taxpayers and consumers.
January 2011 Special Session Senate Bill 6
January 2011 Special Session Senate Bill 6
Relating to: creation of an authority, to be known as the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and making appropriations.

Bill Text and History

2011 Wisconsin Act 7

Other
Notification Date
2/1/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Comments
We're advocating maximum transparency and fiscal accountability in the state budget, including in economic development subsidies, which relate to this bill.
Supporting Documentation
20110201_102733_WISPIRG Testimony for Joint Committee Hearing on SB6-AB6 bills to create Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.pdf

www.wispirg.org/
Assembly Bill 7
Assembly Bill 7
Relating to: requiring certain identification in order to vote at a polling place or obtain an absentee ballot, verification of the addresses of electors, absentee voting procedure in certain residential care apartment complexes and adult family homes, ide...

Bill Text and History

2011 Wisconsin Act 23

Against
Notification Date
4/27/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Assembly Bill 522
Assembly Bill 522
Relating to: the engagement of engineering and similar services by the Department of Transportation.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
3/15/2012
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Assembly Bill 582
Assembly Bill 582
Relating to: regulation of rental-purchase agreements and granting rule-making authority.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
3/16/2012
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Senate Bill 6
Senate Bill 6
Relating to: requiring certain identification in order to vote at a polling place or obtain an absentee ballot, verification of the addresses of electors, absentee voting procedure in certain residential care apartment complexes and adult family homes, ide...

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
4/27/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Senate Bill 67
Senate Bill 67
Relating to: political disbursements and obligations by corporations and cooperative associations and the scope of regulated activity under the campaign finance law.

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
1/31/2012
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Senate Bill 114
Senate Bill 114
Relating to: legislative consideration of a biennial budget bill.

Bill Text and History

2011 Wisconsin Act 220

For
Notification Date
3/16/2012
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Senate Bill 499
Senate Bill 499
Relating to: the engagement of engineering and similar services by the Department of Transportation.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
3/15/2012
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
September 2011 Special Session Senate Bill 12
September 2011 Special Session Senate Bill 12
Relating to: factors for determining the reasonableness of attorney fees.

Bill Text and History

2011 Wisconsin Act 92

Against
Notification Date
10/19/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
September 2011 Special Session Senate Bill 13
September 2011 Special Session Senate Bill 13
Relating to: providing immunity from liability to drug and device manufacturers and sellers under certain circumstances.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
10/19/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
September 2011 Special Session Senate Bill 14
September 2011 Special Session Senate Bill 14
Relating to: interest rates on judgments in certain civil actions.

Bill Text and History

2011 Wisconsin Act 69

Against
Notification Date
10/19/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.

Budget Bill Subjects

Administration
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Administration

Notification Date
4/27/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.

Comments
Advocacy to maintain requirement to conduct cost-benefit analyses for outsourcing any public services.

Notification Date
4/27/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.

Comments
Advocacy for a comprehensive, centralized, easily-searchable online databa! se of state government expenditures and subsidies, with checkbook level detail.

Notification Date
4/27/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.

Comments
Support maintaining funding for Focus on Energy.

Transportation: Departmentwide
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Transportation: Departmentwide

Notification Date
4/27/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.

Comments
Advocating spending transportation dollars wisely and with a focus on getting results. Advocacy includes spending transportation dollars first for repair and maintenance of existing infrastructure and support for transit.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

Health Care Exchange
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Health Care Exchange

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative Matter and Rule

Notification Date
7/31/2012
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.

Total Lobbying Effort

  2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
Total Lobbying Expenditures 2011
January - June
$8,150.57
2011
July - December
$4,961.05
2012
January - June
$4,055.36
2012
July - December
$2,229.84
Total $19,396.81
Total Hours Communicating 2011
January - June
65.50
2011
July - December
18.00
2012
January - June
37.00
2012
July - December
22.00
Total 142.50
Total Hours Other 2011
January - June
286.00
2011
July - December
195.00
2012
January - June
127.00
2012
July - December
39.00
Total 647.00

Percent Allocation of Lobbying Effort

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Relating to: requiring certain identification in order to vote at a polling place or obtain an absentee ballot, verification of the addresses of electors, absentee voting procedure in certain residential care apartment complexes and adult family homes, identification cards issued by the Department of Transportation, creating an identification certificate issued by the Department of Transportation, requiring the exercise of rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
2 %
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: state finances, collective bargaining for public employees, compensation and fringe benefits of public employees, the state civil service system, the Medical Assistance program, sale of certain facilities, granting bonding authority, and making an appropriation.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
2 %
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: creation of an authority, to be known as the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and making appropriations.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
5 %
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 2 %
Relating to: creation of an authority, to be known as the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and making appropriations.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
20 %
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 9 %
Relating to: factors for determining the reasonableness of attorney fees.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
1 %
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: providing immunity from liability to drug and device manufacturers and sellers under certain circumstances.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
1 %
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: interest rates on judgments in certain civil actions.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
1 %
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: political disbursements and obligations by corporations and cooperative associations and the scope of regulated activity under the campaign finance law.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
1 %
2012
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: regulation of rental-purchase agreements and granting rule-making authority.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
3 %
2012
July - December
Total < 1%

Budget Bill Subjects

2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
70 %
2011
July - December
79 %
2012
January - June
55 %
2012
July - December
28 %
Total 66 %
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
6 %
2012
January - June
21 %
2012
July - December
Total 6 %

Administrative Rulemaking Proceedings

No administrative rulemaking proceedings found.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

No topics found.

Minor Efforts

(Time spent on matters each of which accounted for less than 10% of the organization's lobbying.)

Minor Efforts
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
1 %
2011
July - December
7 %
2012
January - June
11 %
2012
July - December
3 %
Total 5 %

Other Matters

Includes time spent on:

  • Gubernatorial nominations
  • Matters on which the organization made no lobbying communication

Other Matters
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
5 %
2012
January - June
9 %
2012
July - December
69 %
Total 9 %

Filed Statements of Lobbying Activity and Expenditures