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El. Bd. Op. 2003-01

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The filing, with the State Elections Board, of a challenge to a candidate’s nomination, is an act for political purposes and the spending of more than $25 in the submitting of that challenge requires that the person challenging file a registration statement with the Board. The spending by an individual of more than $100 of his or her own money to submit a challenge to a candidate’s nomination precludes the individual from exempt status and requires the individual to file a campaign finance report. Whether or not nomination challenge expenditures are an in-kind contribution or an independent expenditure, or are neither, they are permissible political expenditures and should be reported. (Issued to Don M. Millis, March 28, 2003)

This opinion was reviewed by the Government Accountability Board pursuant to 2007 Wisconsin Act 1 and was reaffirmed on March 26, 2008.