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1997 Wis Eth Bd 19 - LOBBYING AND LOBBYISTS

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The Ethics Board advises:

(1) If an individual contracts for or receives economic consideration (including
      stock or an option to acquire stock) from a company, attempts to influence
      legislation or rules on its behalf, and communicates with state officials,
      either orally or in writing, on five or more days in a reporting period in
      attempting to influence those officials, then Wisconsin’s lobbying law will
      require the company to register as a lobbying principal and to authorize
      the individual to lobby on its behalf; and

(2) An individual should not agree to lobby on behalf of a company if the
      individual’s compensation is stock or a stock option, unless the individual
      is prepared to clearly and convincingly demonstrate that the value of the
      stock or the stock option is not in any manner dependent on the success or
      failure of legislative or administrative action.

(November 13, 1997)