Who is Required to Register
Wisconsin law requires your organization to register with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board if your organization employs at least one individual:
- who for compensation (other than reimbursement of expenses)
- communicates with state officials
- to attempt to influence state legislation or administrative rule-making on its behalf, and
- that individual communicates with state officials on five or more days during either the first or last six months of the year.
You have an obligation to obtain a lobbying license from the Government Accountability Board, and the organization that pays you is required to authorize you as its lobbyist, if you attempt to influence state legislation or an administrative rule on behalf of a business or organization that employs you or from which you receive a payment (other than reimbursement of expenses) and you communicate with a state official or legislative employee about such matters on five or more days within a six month reporting period.
- 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 four days within a six-month period, you need not be licensed or authorized.
How to Register
To register your organization to lobby in Wisconsin, please visit the Eye on Lobbying website and click on “Registration and Licensing” on the left-hand menu. You will be asked to create a username and password, after which the system will walk you through the registration process. If the individual does not already have a lobbying license, he or she should complete a Lobby License Application online as well.
Fees and Payment
For the 2013-2014 legislative session, the organization registration fee is $375 and the lobbyist authorization fee of $125 for each individual whom your organization will employ as a lobbyist. The lobby license fee is $350 for an individual to lobby on behalf of one organization or $650 for an individual to lobby on behalf of multiple organizations.
The new Eye on Lobbying website will accept online check payments. You must provide your organizations bank routing number and bank account number. Credit cards are not accepted. Payments by check payable to “Wisconsin Government Accountability Board” may be sent by mail along with a copy of the invoice generated online.
Veterans: For information on the Veterans Professional/Occupational Licensure Fee Waiver Program, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs website.
Registrations and authorizations become effective when the Government Accountability Board receives the completed online form and correct fees, and expire at the end of the legislative session on December 31st of even years.
The Government Accountability Board recommends that you register your organization and authorize your lobbyists before they begin their lobbying activities.