On December 16, 2015, the Governor signed 2015 Wisconsin Acts 117 and 118 which make a number of important changes to campaign finance registration, reporting, and enforcement effective January 1, 2016, and replace the Government Accountability Board ("G.A.B.") on July 1, 2016 with an Elections Commission and Ethics Commission.
G.A.B. staff have communicated the major changes to campaign finance laws to all registered committees, and to county and municipal clerks, who act as the filing officers for local candidates and referendum committees. Links to those memos are below. Staff will update campaign finance forms, manuals, and other campaign finance materials and post them to this website as they become available.
Click here to access the 12/21/2015 memo to Municipal and County Clerks.
Click here to access the Summary of Changes for Municipal and County Clerks.
Click here to access the 12/21/2015 memo to registered Candidate Committees.
Click here to access the 12/29/2015 memo to registered Party and Legislative Campaign Committees.
Click here to access the 12/21/2015 memo to registered PACs, Independent Expenditure Committees, and Referendum Committees.
Click here to access the 12/29/2015 memo to registered Conduits.
Click here to access the 12/21/2015 memo to former Sponsoring Organizations.
Provided below are other useful links to the Campaign Finance Information System, registration and reporting information for State Candidates and Committees, registration and reporting information for Local Candidates and Committees, and information pertaining to campaign finance laws and guidance.
View registration, receipts and disbursement information for State Candidates and Committees. State Candidates and Committees register and report campaign finance information using this web site.
From time to time the Government Accountability Board staff provides training on campaign finance law and use of the Campaign Finance Information System (CFIS). Click to see upcoming training events.
Access registration information and the online forms used to register State Candidates and Committees.
Access registration and reporting forms and information for Local Candidates and Committees.
Consult these documents for information about how much individuals, committees and parties may contribute to candidates, as well as the deadlines for reporting.
Access Campaign Finance laws, administrative rules, manuals, opinions and guidelines.
Click here to access Chapter 11, Wisconsin State Statutes, current law as of 1/1/2016. (External Link)
Click here to access Chapter 11, Wisconsin State Statutes, campaign finance statutes effective until 12/31/2015. (External Link)
Click here to access Campaign Finance Contribution Limits and Reporting Deadlines
Click here to access Campaign Finance Manuals
Click here to access GAB Administrative Rules.
Click here to access Campaign Finance Opinions