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El. Bd. Op. 1978-08

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Voluntary committees; public financing: Establishment and operation of voluntary committees; guidelines for distinguishing between contributions and independent expenditures of voluntary committees; prohibition on candidate contributions to voluntary committees acting on his or her behalf; permissibility of such contributions to nonvoluntary committees acting in support of the candidate; use of public grant. §§11.12 (1), 11.16 (1), 11.10, 11.06 (7), 11.31, 11.26, Stats.; GAB 1.42, Wis. Adm. Code. (Issued to Cloyd Porter, June 22, 1978)

This opinion was reviewed by the Government Accountability Board pursuant to 2007 Wisconsin Act 1 and was revised to reflect changes in GAB 1.42(6), Wis. Adm. Code, which specifies the criteria for evaluating the independence of an expenditure. The opinion below was reaffirmed by the Government Accountability Board on March 26, 2008 and fully incorporates the revisions directed by the G.A.B.