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El. Bd. Op. 1978-13

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Corporate subsidies of candidate appearances: A corporation's provision of facilities, materials, services and beverages in connection with a candidate's political appearance before members of the corporation's separate segregated fund and "other interested persons" is an impermissible corporate contribution or disbursement, rather than a permissible cost of administering the fund. A corporation may characterize its expenses in subsidizing such candidate appearances as permissible costs of administering the fund if the audience for the appearances is limited to those directly involved in determining how the fund is used. §§11.38, 11.01 (5), 11.01 (6), Stats. (Issued to Quinn W. Martin, August 17, 1978)

This opinion was reviewed by the Government Accountability Board pursuant to 2007 Wisconsin Act 1 and was reaffirmed on October 6, 2008.