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When must an individual obtain a license to lobby?

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Guideline Number: 
GAB-1511
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  • If you are not acting on behalf of anyone other than yourself, you need not be licensed or authorized. 
  • If you represent the views of a business or organization but do so as an unpaid volunteer, you need not be licensed or authorized.  
  • If you represent the views of a business or organization that pays you, but convey those views only to legislators elected from the Senate and Assembly districts in which you reside, you need not be licensed or authorized. 
  • If you represent the views of a business or organization that pays you and you convey those views to all or many legislators or officials but do so only occasionally, up to 4 days within a 6-month period, you need not be licensed or authorized. 

  

Otherwise, you should be licensed as a lobbyist, your employer should be registered as a lobbying organization with the Government Accountability Board, and your employer should authorize you as its lobbyist and file that authorization with the Government Accountability Board. Forms are available from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.