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{{tnr}}'''Campaign finance requirements for Wisconsin ballot measures''' are promulgated by the [[Wisconsin Government Accountability Board]](GAB).  The Government Accountability Board enforces all campaign finance laws in the State of Wisconsin.  The GAB posts all reports filed electronically using the Wisconsin State Campaign Finance Information System.  Also, groups in support or opposition of a ballot measure can register with the GAB online.
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{{tnr}}'''Campaign finance requirements for Wisconsin ballot measures''' are promulgated by the [[Wisconsin Government Accountability Board]] (GAB).  The Government Accountability Board enforces all campaign finance laws in the State of Wisconsin.  The GAB posts all reports filed electronically using the Wisconsin State Campaign Finance Information System.  Also, groups in support or opposition of a ballot measure can register with the GAB online.
  
 
If a person feels someone violated Wisconsin campaign finance laws, the first step is to file a complaint with the Government Accountability Board.  Under Wisconsin law, the complaint must be filed as soon there is a known allegation.  This is because Wisconsin has a three year statute of limitations for filing complaints.   
 
If a person feels someone violated Wisconsin campaign finance laws, the first step is to file a complaint with the Government Accountability Board.  Under Wisconsin law, the complaint must be filed as soon there is a known allegation.  This is because Wisconsin has a three year statute of limitations for filing complaints.   
  
Once the complaint is received by the Government Accountability Board, then its lead legal counsel and staff Attorneys review the complaint if its sufficient and valid. Then at anytime, the staff for the GAB can at anytime ask for further questions from both parties.  This is done when the complaint is served to the alleged party.  The alleged party has a chance to respond to the complaint upon service of the documentsIt is the up to the Director of the GAB to determine if a probable cause hearing is necessary once all the information is received.  If a probable cause hearing is warranted, it is up to the GAB to determine if there is enough evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to find someone in violation of campaign finance laws.   
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Once the complaint is received by the GAB, then its lead legal counsel and staff Attorneys review the complaint if its sufficient and valid. At anytime, GAB staff can ask questions to all parties involved in the complaint.  This is done when the complaint is served to the alleged party.  The alleged party can respond to the complaint upon being served the papersThe Director of the GAB can determine if a probable cause hearing is necessary after all information is received.  If a probable cause hearing is warranted, it is up to the full board to determine if there is enough evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to find someone in violation of the law.   
  
In most cases, if the alleged party is found guilty, a monetary fine is assessed through civil action.  If any case involves criminal law, the GAB can refer the case to the [[Wisconsin Attorney General|Attorney General]] or the District Attorney for prosecution<ref>[http://elections.state.wi.us/docview.asp?docid=2431&locid=47 "Wisconsin Government Accountability Board" Complaint Guide](See Pages 1-3)</ref> <ref>[Confirmed with WI Department of Justice, via phone, on November 12, 2009]</ref>.
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If the alleged party is found guilty, a monetary fine is assessed through civil action in most cases.  If any case involves criminal law, the GAB can refer the case to the [[Wisconsin Attorney General|Attorney General]] or the District Attorney for prosecution<ref>[http://elections.state.wi.us/docview.asp?docid=2431&locid=47 ''Wisconsin Government Accountability Board'', "Complaint Guide"](See Pages 1-3)</ref><ref>[Confirmed with WI Department of Justice, via phone, on November 12, 2009]</ref>.
  
 
==General requirements==
 
==General requirements==
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===Referendum group===
 
===Referendum group===
  
Under Wisconsin law, all groups aimed at the passage or defeat of a ballot question are considered to be Referendum Groups<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf "Wisconsin Legislature" Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law](Referenced Statute 11.01(10) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref> <ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf "Wisconsin Legislature" Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law](Referenced Statute 11.05(4) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.
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Under Wisconsin law, all groups aimed at the passage or defeat of a ballot question are considered to be Referendum Groups<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf ''Wisconsin Legislature'', "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"](Referenced Statute 11.01(10) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref><ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf ''Wisconsin Legislature'', "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"](Referenced Statute 11.05(4) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.
  
 
===Statement of Organization-Form GAB-1===
 
===Statement of Organization-Form GAB-1===
  
Under Wisconsin law, any individual or group in support or opposition of a ballot measure that contributes $25 or more must file a Campaign Registration Statement with the Government Accountability Board<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf "Wisconsin Legislature" Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law](Referenced Statute 11.05(2) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref> <ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf "Wisconsin Legislature" Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law](Referenced Statute 11.23(1) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.  Form GAB-1 is considered to be the official Statement of Organization.  Also, any corporation that is making direct expenditures in support or opposition of a ballot measure must file Form GAB-1 with the GAB.
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Under Wisconsin law, any individual or group in support or opposition of a ballot measure that contributes $25 or more must file a Campaign Registration Statement with the Government Accountability Board<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf ''Wisconsin Legislature'', "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"](Referenced Statute 11.05(2) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref><ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf ''Wisconsin Legislature'', "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"](Referenced Statute 11.23(1) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.  Form GAB-1 is considered to be the official Statement of Organization.  Also, any corporation that is making direct expenditures in support or opposition of a ballot measure must file Form GAB-1 with the GAB.
  
 
===The $500 in 15 days rule===
 
===The $500 in 15 days rule===
  
Under Wisconsin law, all referendum groups must file a report with the Government Accountability Board within 24 hours of receiving a contribution of $500 or more.  This is for contributions made in the last fifteen days before the date of an election.  Wisconsin is one of many states that requires immediate reporting of large contributions within the final days before the election<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf "Wisconsin Legislature" Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law](Referenced Statute 11.12(5) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.
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Under Wisconsin law, all referendum groups must file a report with the Government Accountability Board within 24 hours of receiving a contribution of $500 or more.  This is for contributions made in the last fifteen days before the date of an election.  Wisconsin is one of many states that requires immediate reporting of large contributions within the final days before the election<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf ''Wisconsin Legislature'', "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"](Referenced Statute 11.12(5) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.
  
 
==Campaign finance requirements==
 
==Campaign finance requirements==
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===$50 Cash limit===
 
===$50 Cash limit===
  
Under Wisconsin law, no referendum group can accept more than $50 in campaign contributions made with cash<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf "Wisconsin Legislature" Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law](Referenced Statute 11.16(2) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.
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Under Wisconsin law, no referendum group can accept more than $50 in campaign contributions made with cash<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf ''Wisconsin Legislature'', "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"](Referenced Statute 11.16(2) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.
  
 
===Annual filing fee===
 
===Annual filing fee===
  
Any referendum group that filed a Statement of Organization with the Government Accountability Board must pay an annual $100 filing fee when filing a statement of organization (Form EB-1)<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf "Wisconsin Legislature" Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law](Referenced Statute 11.055(1) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.  The requirement to pay a filing fee is if a referendum group plans to have more than $2,500 or more in financial activity during the election cycle<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf "Wisconsin Legislature" Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law](Referenced Statute 11.055(3) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.
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Any referendum group that filed a Statement of Organization with the Government Accountability Board must pay an annual $100 filing fee when filing a statement of organization (Form GAB-1)<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf ''Wisconsin Legislature'', "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"](Referenced Statute 11.055(1) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.  The requirement to pay a filing fee is if a referendum group plans to have more than $2,500 in financial activity during the election cycle<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf ''Wisconsin Legislature'', "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"](Referenced Statute 11.055(3) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.
  
 
===Corporate/labor contributions===
 
===Corporate/labor contributions===
  
In Wisconsin, corporations and labor unions are allowed to donate to groups in support or opposition of a ballot measure<ref name="corporate">[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf "Wisconsin Legislature" Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law](Referenced Statute 11.38(1) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.
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In Wisconsin, corporations and labor unions are allowed to donate to groups in support or opposition of a ballot measure<ref name="corporate">[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf ''Wisconsin Legislature'', "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"](Referenced Statute 11.38(1) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.
  
Corporations that are registered with the Government Accountability Board must have a separate bank account for contributions made to referendum groups<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf "Wisconsin Legislature" Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law](Referenced Statute 11.38(1)-2 Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.
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Corporations that are registered with the Government Accountability Board must have a separate bank account for contributions made to referendum groups<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf ''Wisconsin Legislature'', "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"](Referenced Statute 11.38(1)-2 Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.
  
Corporations and labor unions are allowed to directly spend money towards an independent expenditure campaign in support or opposition of a candidate<ref>[http://www.doj.state.wi.us/absolutenm/templates/template_share.aspx?articleid=2136&zoneid=1 ''Wisconsin Department of Justice'' "Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion on Direct Impact of Citizens United on Wisconsin Campaign Financing Laws", August 9, 2010]</ref>.  However, both corporations and labor unions are prohibited from directly contributing to a candidate.  Labor unions are defined as associations under Wisconsin's corporate contribution ban<ref name="corporate" /> <ref>[Confirmed with Wisconsin Attorney General, via phone, on February 11, 2010]</ref>.
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Corporations and labor unions are allowed to directly spend money towards an independent expenditure campaign in support or opposition of a candidate<ref>[http://www.doj.state.wi.us/absolutenm/templates/template_share.aspx?articleid=2136&zoneid=1 ''Wisconsin Department of Justice'', "Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion on Direct Impact of Citizens United on Wisconsin Campaign Financing Laws," August 9, 2010]</ref>.  However, both corporations and labor unions are prohibited from directly contributing to a candidate.  Labor unions are defined as associations under Wisconsin's corporate contribution ban<ref name="corporate" /><ref>[Confirmed with Wisconsin Attorney General, via phone, on February 11, 2010]</ref>.
  
 
===Contribution limits===
 
===Contribution limits===
  
There are no limits on campaign contributions given to referendum groups in Wisconsin<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf "Wisconsin Legislature" Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law](Referenced Statute 11.26 Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.
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There are no limits on campaign contributions given to referendum groups in Wisconsin<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf ''Wisconsin Legislature'', "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"](Referenced Statute 11.26 Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.
  
 
===Filing reports===
 
===Filing reports===
  
All referendum groups must file campaign finance reports if they have more than $1,000 or more in financial activity in a given year.  This counts for both contributions and expenditures<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf "Wisconsin Legislature" Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law](Referenced Statute 11.05(2r) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.
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All referendum groups must file campaign finance reports if they have more than $1,000 or more in financial activity in a given year.  This counts for both contributions and expenditures<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf ''Wisconsin Legislature'', "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"](Referenced Statute 11.05(2r) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.
  
 
==Reporting requirements and reports==
 
==Reporting requirements and reports==
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===Spring Pre-Primary===
 
===Spring Pre-Primary===
  
The spring pre-primary campaign finance report is the first pre-election campaign finance report for groups putting a referendum on the April ballot.  This is the first of two campaign finance reports before the election.  For the 2010 cycle, the report covers all financial activity from January 1, to February 1, 2010.  The report is due on February 8, 2010<ref name="report">[http://elections.state.wi.us/docview.asp?docid=2050&locid=47 "Wisconsin Government Accountability Board" Campaign Finance Reporting Deadlines]</ref>.
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The spring pre-primary campaign finance report is the first pre-election campaign finance report for groups putting a referendum on the April ballot.  This is the first of two campaign finance reports before the election.  For the 2010 cycle, the report covers all financial activity from January 1, to February 1, 2010.  The report is due on February 8, 2010<ref name="report">[http://elections.state.wi.us/docview.asp?docid=2050&locid=47 ''Wisconsin Government Accountability Board'', "Campaign Finance Reporting Deadlines"]</ref>.
  
 
===Spring Pre-Election===
 
===Spring Pre-Election===
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===Fall Pre-election===
 
===Fall Pre-election===
  
The fall pre-election campaign finance report is considered to be the final pre-election campaign finance report for referendum groups placing ballot questions on the November ballot.  The report covers all financial activity from September 31, 2010 to October 18, 2010.  The report is  
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The fall pre-election report is the final pre-election report for referendum groups placing questions on the November ballot.  The report covers all financial activity from September 31, 2010 to October 18, 2010.  The report is due on October 25, 2010<ref name="report" />.
due on October 25, 2010<ref name="report" />.
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===January continuing===
 
===January continuing===
  
The January continuing campaign finance report is the year end campaign finance report for groups that placed questions on the November ballot.  This is also considered to be the first report for groups planning in advance for ballot questions on the April ballot. For the fall election this report covers October 19 to December 31, 2010.  For the April election, the report covers July 1 to December 31, 2010.  The report is due on January 31, 2011<ref name="report" />.
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The January continuing campaign finance report is the year end report for groups that placed questions on the November ballot.  If necessary, this is first report for groups that placed questions on the April ballot. For the fall election, the report covers all activity from October 19 to December 31, 2010.  For the April election, the report covers all activity from July 1 to December 31, 2010.  All referendum groups must have the report turned in by January 31, 2011<ref name="report" />.
  
 
==Campaign advertising restrictions==
 
==Campaign advertising restrictions==
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===Disclaimers===
 
===Disclaimers===
  
All advertisements regardless of the medium used must have a disclaimer.  The usual form is "Paid for by XYZ Political Committee, Tom Smith Treasurer" as the accepted form of disclaimer<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf "Wisconsin Legislature" Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law](Referenced Statute 11.30(b) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.  Under Wisconsin law, there is no mandatory holdover requirement that requires committees to keep ads on file like other states do.
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All advertisements regardless of the medium used must have a disclaimer.  The usual form is "Paid for by XYZ Political Committee, Tom Smith Treasurer" as the accepted form of disclaimer<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf ''Wisconsin Legislature'', "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"](Referenced Statute 11.30(b) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.  Under Wisconsin law, there is no mandatory holdover requirement that requires committees to keep ads on file like other states mandate.
  
 
===Issue advocacy===
 
===Issue advocacy===
  
Political Committees and individuals who plan to place advertisements in support or opposition of a referendum are not subject to issue advocacy rules<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/publication/63/gab001_pdf_56380.pdf ''Wisconsin Government Accountability Board'' "Administrative Rules"](Referenced Rule 1.28(3) (a)-(b))</ref>.
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Political Committees and individuals who plan to place advertisements in support or opposition of a referendum are not subject to issue advocacy rules<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/publication/63/gab001_pdf_56380.pdf ''Wisconsin Government Accountability Board'', "Administrative Rules"](Referenced Rule 1.28(3) (a)-(b))</ref>.
  
 
==Terminating a committee==
 
==Terminating a committee==
  
Under Wisconsin law, a referendum group can disband if the group expects no more financial obligations, to no longer receive campaign contribution, expects to make no more expenditures, and has a balance on hand of zero at the time of dissolution.  This report can be filed with the Government Accountability Board for statewide ballot measures with local ballot measures are filed with the local county clerk.  The report must show a cash balance on hand of zero at the end of the reporting period and must indicate on how they will disburse all surplus funds<ref name="surplus">[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf "Wisconsin Legislature" Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law](Referenced Statute 11.19(1) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.
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Under Wisconsin law, a referendum group can disband if the group expects no more financial obligations, no longer receiving contributions or making expenditures, and has a cash balance of zero at the time of dissolution.   
  
Under Wisconsin law, surplus funds may be used for any political purpose allowed by law, returned to the donors in the amount not exceeding their original contribution, donated to a charitable organization, or to the Wisconsin Common School Fund<ref name="surplus" />.
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The termination statement can be filed with the Government Accountability Board for statewide ballot measures while local ballot measures are filed with the county clerk.  The statement must show a balance of zero at the end of the reporting period and must indicate on how surplus funds would be disbursed<ref name="surplus">[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0011.pdf ''Wisconsin Legislature'', "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"](Referenced Statute 11.19(1) Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.
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Surplus funds may be used for any political purpose allowed by law, returned to the donors in the amount not exceeding their original contribution, donated to a charitable organization, or to the Wisconsin Common School Fund<ref name="surplus" />.
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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Revision as of 07:07, 7 May 2014

Campaign finance requirements for Wisconsin ballot measures are promulgated by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB). The Government Accountability Board enforces all campaign finance laws in the State of Wisconsin. The GAB posts all reports filed electronically using the Wisconsin State Campaign Finance Information System. Also, groups in support or opposition of a ballot measure can register with the GAB online.

If a person feels someone violated Wisconsin campaign finance laws, the first step is to file a complaint with the Government Accountability Board. Under Wisconsin law, the complaint must be filed as soon there is a known allegation. This is because Wisconsin has a three year statute of limitations for filing complaints.

Once the complaint is received by the GAB, then its lead legal counsel and staff Attorneys review the complaint if its sufficient and valid. At anytime, GAB staff can ask questions to all parties involved in the complaint. This is done when the complaint is served to the alleged party. The alleged party can respond to the complaint upon being served the papers. The Director of the GAB can determine if a probable cause hearing is necessary after all information is received. If a probable cause hearing is warranted, it is up to the full board to determine if there is enough evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to find someone in violation of the law.

If the alleged party is found guilty, a monetary fine is assessed through civil action in most cases. If any case involves criminal law, the GAB can refer the case to the Attorney General or the District Attorney for prosecution[1][2].

General requirements

Referendum group

Under Wisconsin law, all groups aimed at the passage or defeat of a ballot question are considered to be Referendum Groups[3][4].

Statement of Organization-Form GAB-1

Under Wisconsin law, any individual or group in support or opposition of a ballot measure that contributes $25 or more must file a Campaign Registration Statement with the Government Accountability Board[5][6]. Form GAB-1 is considered to be the official Statement of Organization. Also, any corporation that is making direct expenditures in support or opposition of a ballot measure must file Form GAB-1 with the GAB.

The $500 in 15 days rule

Under Wisconsin law, all referendum groups must file a report with the Government Accountability Board within 24 hours of receiving a contribution of $500 or more. This is for contributions made in the last fifteen days before the date of an election. Wisconsin is one of many states that requires immediate reporting of large contributions within the final days before the election[7].

Campaign finance requirements

$50 Cash limit

Under Wisconsin law, no referendum group can accept more than $50 in campaign contributions made with cash[8].

Annual filing fee

Any referendum group that filed a Statement of Organization with the Government Accountability Board must pay an annual $100 filing fee when filing a statement of organization (Form GAB-1)[9]. The requirement to pay a filing fee is if a referendum group plans to have more than $2,500 in financial activity during the election cycle[10].

Corporate/labor contributions

In Wisconsin, corporations and labor unions are allowed to donate to groups in support or opposition of a ballot measure[11].

Corporations that are registered with the Government Accountability Board must have a separate bank account for contributions made to referendum groups[12].

Corporations and labor unions are allowed to directly spend money towards an independent expenditure campaign in support or opposition of a candidate[13]. However, both corporations and labor unions are prohibited from directly contributing to a candidate. Labor unions are defined as associations under Wisconsin's corporate contribution ban[11][14].

Contribution limits

There are no limits on campaign contributions given to referendum groups in Wisconsin[15].

Filing reports

All referendum groups must file campaign finance reports if they have more than $1,000 or more in financial activity in a given year. This counts for both contributions and expenditures[16].

Reporting requirements and reports

Wisconsin is different from other states as they have an inverted reporting cycle. This means there is a different reporting cycle for spring and fall elections as Wisconsin allows statewide and local ballot measures on both the April and November ballots.

Form GAB-2

All referendum groups in Wisconsin file Form GAB-2 as the main campaign finance report.

Spring Pre-Primary

The spring pre-primary campaign finance report is the first pre-election campaign finance report for groups putting a referendum on the April ballot. This is the first of two campaign finance reports before the election. For the 2010 cycle, the report covers all financial activity from January 1, to February 1, 2010. The report is due on February 8, 2010[17].

Spring Pre-Election

The spring pre-election campaign finance report is the second campaign finance report for groups putting a referendum on the April ballot. This is the last campaign finance report before the election. For the 2010 cycle, the report covers all financial activity from February 2 to March 22, 2010. The report is due on March 29, 2010[17].

July continuing

The July continuing report is the first campaign finance report for referendum groups putting a question on the November ballot. This report covers all financial activity from January 1, 2010 to June 30, 2010. The report is due on July 20, 2010[17].

Fall Pre-Primary

The fall pre-Primary report is the first of two pre-election reports for referendum groups placing questions on the November ballot. The report covers all financial activity from July 1, 2010 to August 30, 2010. The report is due on September 7, 2010[17].

Fall Pre-election

The fall pre-election report is the final pre-election report for referendum groups placing questions on the November ballot. The report covers all financial activity from September 31, 2010 to October 18, 2010. The report is due on October 25, 2010[17].

January continuing

The January continuing campaign finance report is the year end report for groups that placed questions on the November ballot. If necessary, this is first report for groups that placed questions on the April ballot. For the fall election, the report covers all activity from October 19 to December 31, 2010. For the April election, the report covers all activity from July 1 to December 31, 2010. All referendum groups must have the report turned in by January 31, 2011[17].

Campaign advertising restrictions

Disclaimers

All advertisements regardless of the medium used must have a disclaimer. The usual form is "Paid for by XYZ Political Committee, Tom Smith Treasurer" as the accepted form of disclaimer[18]. Under Wisconsin law, there is no mandatory holdover requirement that requires committees to keep ads on file like other states mandate.

Issue advocacy

Political Committees and individuals who plan to place advertisements in support or opposition of a referendum are not subject to issue advocacy rules[19].

Terminating a committee

Under Wisconsin law, a referendum group can disband if the group expects no more financial obligations, no longer receiving contributions or making expenditures, and has a cash balance of zero at the time of dissolution.

The termination statement can be filed with the Government Accountability Board for statewide ballot measures while local ballot measures are filed with the county clerk. The statement must show a balance of zero at the end of the reporting period and must indicate on how surplus funds would be disbursed[20].

Surplus funds may be used for any political purpose allowed by law, returned to the donors in the amount not exceeding their original contribution, donated to a charitable organization, or to the Wisconsin Common School Fund[20].

See also

External links

References

  1. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Complaint Guide"(See Pages 1-3)
  2. [Confirmed with WI Department of Justice, via phone, on November 12, 2009]
  3. Wisconsin Legislature, "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 11.01(10) Wisconsin Statutes)
  4. Wisconsin Legislature, "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 11.05(4) Wisconsin Statutes)
  5. Wisconsin Legislature, "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 11.05(2) Wisconsin Statutes)
  6. Wisconsin Legislature, "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 11.23(1) Wisconsin Statutes)
  7. Wisconsin Legislature, "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 11.12(5) Wisconsin Statutes)
  8. Wisconsin Legislature, "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 11.16(2) Wisconsin Statutes)
  9. Wisconsin Legislature, "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 11.055(1) Wisconsin Statutes)
  10. Wisconsin Legislature, "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 11.055(3) Wisconsin Statutes)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Wisconsin Legislature, "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 11.38(1) Wisconsin Statutes)
  12. Wisconsin Legislature, "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 11.38(1)-2 Wisconsin Statutes)
  13. Wisconsin Department of Justice, "Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion on Direct Impact of Citizens United on Wisconsin Campaign Financing Laws," August 9, 2010
  14. [Confirmed with Wisconsin Attorney General, via phone, on February 11, 2010]
  15. Wisconsin Legislature, "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 11.26 Wisconsin Statutes)
  16. Wisconsin Legislature, "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 11.05(2r) Wisconsin Statutes)
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Campaign Finance Reporting Deadlines"
  18. Wisconsin Legislature, "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 11.30(b) Wisconsin Statutes)
  19. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Administrative Rules"(Referenced Rule 1.28(3) (a)-(b))
  20. 20.0 20.1 Wisconsin Legislature, "Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 11.19(1) Wisconsin Statutes)