11.0101(24) (24)“Partisan primary" means the primary held the 2nd Tuesday in August to nominate candidates to be voted for at the general election.
11.0101(25) (25)
11.0101(25)(a)(a) Subject to par. (b), “political action committee" means any person, other than an individual, or any permanent or temporary combination of 2 or more persons unrelated by marriage that satisfies any of the following:
11.0101(25)(a)1. 1. It has the major purpose of express advocacy, as specified in the person's organizational or governing documents, the person's bylaws, resolutions of the person's governing body, or registration statements filed by the person under this chapter.
11.0101(25)(a)2. 2. It uses more than 50 percent of its total spending in a 12-month period on expenditures for express advocacy, expenditures made to support or defeat a referendum, and contributions made to a candidate committee, legislative campaign committee, or political party. In this subdivision, total spending does not include a committee's fundraising or administrative expenses.
11.0101(25)(b) (b) “Political action committee" does not include a candidate committee, legislative campaign committee, political party, or recall committee.
11.0101(26) (26)
11.0101(26)(a)(a) “Political party" means all of the following:
11.0101(26)(a)1. 1. A state committee under whose name candidates appear on a ballot at any election and all county, legislative, local, and other affiliated committees authorized to operate under the same name.
11.0101(26)(a)2. 2. A committee described under subd. 1. that makes and accepts contributions and makes disbursements to support or oppose a candidate for state or local office or to support or oppose a referendum held in this state.
11.0101(26)(b) (b) “Political party" does not include a legislative campaign committee.
11.0101(27) (27)“Recall committee" means a committee formed for the purpose of supporting or opposing the recall of any of the following:
11.0101(27)(a) (a) An incumbent elective official holding a state office.
11.0101(27)(b) (b) An incumbent elective official holding a local office.
11.0101(28) (28)“Referendum committee" means an entity that satisfies all of the following:
11.0101(28)(a) (a) It satisfies either of the following:
11.0101(28)(a)1. 1. It has the major purpose of making expenditures to support or defeat a referendum, as specified in the entity's organizational or governing documents, the entity's bylaws, resolutions of the entity's governing body, or registration statements filed by the entity under this chapter.
11.0101(28)(a)2. 2. It uses more than 50 percent of its total spending in a 12-month period on expenditures made to support or defeat a referendum. In this subdivision, total spending does not include a committee's fundraising or administrative expenses.
11.0101(28)(b) (b) It is organized by any person, other than an individual, or by any permanent or temporary combination of 2 or more persons unrelated by marriage.
11.0101(28)(c) (c) It does not receive contributions or make disbursements or contributions for the purpose of influencing or attempting to influence a candidate's nomination or election.
11.0101(29) (29)“Special election" means any election, other than those described in subs. (15), (24), (30), (32), and (33) to fill vacancies or to conduct a referendum.
11.0101(30) (30)“Special primary" means the primary held 4 weeks before the special election, except as follows:
11.0101(30)(a) (a) If the special election is held on the same day as the general election, the special primary shall be held on the same day as the general primary.
11.0101(30)(b) (b) If the special election is held concurrently with the spring election, the primary shall be held concurrently with the spring primary.
11.0101(31) (31)“Sponsoring organization" means an entity that establishes, administers, or financially supports a political action committee or an independent expenditure committee.
11.0101(32) (32)“Spring election" means the election held on the first Tuesday in April to elect judicial, educational, and municipal officers, nonpartisan county officers and sewerage commissioners, and to express preferences for the person to be the presidential candidate for each political party in a year in which electors for president and vice president are to be elected.
11.0101(33) (33)“Spring primary" means the nonpartisan primary held on the 3rd Tuesday in February to nominate nonpartisan candidates to be voted for at the spring election.
11.0101(34) (34)“Treasurer" means the individual who registers a committee with a filing officer and who makes reports on behalf of the committee.
11.0101 History History: 2015 a. 117 ss. 24, 74 (1m); 2015 a. 118 s. 121; 2017 a. 366 s. 99.
11.0102 11.0102 Determination of filing officer and duty to file; fees.
11.0102(1)(1)Each committee and conduit required to register and report under this chapter shall have and shall file each registration statement and report required under this chapter with one filing officer as follows:
11.0102(1)(a) (a) The following shall file with the commission:
11.0102(1)(a)1. 1. A candidate committee of a candidate for state office, as defined in s. 5.02 (23).
11.0102(1)(a)2. 2. A conduit.
11.0102(1)(a)3. 3. A legislative campaign committee.
11.0102(1)(a)4. 4. A political action committee.
11.0102(1)(a)4m. 4m. An independent expenditure committee.
11.0102(1)(a)5. 5. A political party.
11.0102(1)(a)6. 6. A recall committee as defined in s. 11.0101 (27) (a).
11.0102(1)(a)7. 7. Except as provided in pars. (f) and (g), a referendum committee.
11.0102(1)(b) (b) Subject to pars. (c) and (d), a candidate committee for a candidate seeking local office shall file with the clerk of the most populous jurisdiction for which the candidate seeks office.
11.0102(1)(c) (c) A candidate committee for a candidate for municipal judge elected under s. 755.01 (4) shall file with the county clerk or board of election commissioners of the county having the largest portion of the population in the jurisdiction served by the judge.
11.0102(1)(d) (d) A candidate committee for a candidate for school board member shall file with the school district clerk.
11.0102(1)(e) (e) A recall committee as defined in s. 11.0101 (27) (b) shall file with the filing officer for candidates for that office.
11.0102(1)(f) (f) A referendum committee acting to support or oppose any local referendum, other than a school district referendum, shall file with the clerk of the most populous jurisdiction in which the referendum will be conducted.
11.0102(1)(g) (g) A referendum committee acting to support or oppose a school district referendum shall file with the school district clerk.
11.0102(2) (2)
11.0102(2)(a)(a) Except as provided in pars. (c) and (d), each committee that is required to register under this chapter shall annually pay a filing fee of $100 to the commission. The commission may accept payment under this subsection by credit card, debit card, or other electronic payment mechanism, and may charge a surcharge to that committee to recover the actual costs associated with the acceptance of that electronic payment.
11.0102(2)(b) (b) A committee that is subject to par. (a) shall pay the fee specified in par. (a) together with the report filed by that committee on the 15th day of the month of January in each year. If a committee that is subject to par. (a) registers under this chapter or changes status so that par. (a) becomes applicable to the committee during a calendar year, the committee shall pay the fee for that year with the filing of the committee's registration statement or at any time before the change in status becomes effective.
11.0102(2)(c) (c) Paragraph (a) does not apply to a candidate committee.
11.0102(2)(d) (d) Paragraph (a) does not apply to any committee for any year during which the committee does not make disbursements exceeding a total of $2,500.
11.0102(3) (3)Each filing officer, other than the commission, shall do all of the following:
11.0102(3)(a) (a) Obtain the forms and manuals prescribed by the commission under s. 11.1304 (1) and (3) and election laws provided by the commission under s. 7.08 (4).
11.0102(3)(b) (b) Develop a filing, coding, and cross-indexing system consonant with the purposes of this chapter.
11.0102(3)(c) (c) Make all of the following available, without charge, to any committee required to file reports or statements with the officer:
11.0102(3)(c)1. 1. Forms prescribed by the commission for the making of reports and statements. The filing officer shall notify the committee that all forms are available on the commission's Internet site. Whenever a filing officer sends a form or notice of the filing requirements under this chapter to the treasurer of a candidate committee, the filing officer shall also send a notice to the candidate.
11.0102(3)(c)2. 2. Upon request, copies of manuals under par. (a).
11.0102(3)(d) (d) The filing officer shall provide copies of manuals and election laws to persons other than a committee under par. (c) at cost.
11.0102(3)(e) (e) Notify the commission, in writing, of any facts within the filing officer's knowledge or evidence in the officer's possession, including errors or discrepancies in reports or statements and delinquencies in filing which may be grounds for civil action or criminal prosecution. The commission may transmit a copy of the notification submitted under this paragraph to the district attorney.
11.0102(3)(f) (f) Make available a list of delinquents for public inspection.
11.0102(3)(g) (g) Compile and maintain on an electronic system a current list of all reports and statements received by or required of and pertaining to each committee registered under this chapter.
11.0102(3)(h) (h) Make the reports and statements filed with the officer available for public inspection and copying, commencing as soon as practicable but not later than the end of the 2nd day following the day during which they are received.
11.0102(3)(i) (i) Upon the request of any person, permit copying of any report or statement described under par. (g) at cost.
11.0102(3)(j) (j) Determine whether each report or statement required to be filed under this chapter has been filed in the form and by the time prescribed by law, and whether it conforms on its face to the requirements of this chapter. The officer shall immediately send to any committee that is delinquent in filing, or that has filed otherwise than in the proper form, a notice that the committee has failed to comply with this chapter. Whenever a candidate committee has appointed an individual other than the candidate as campaign treasurer, the officer shall send the notice to both the candidate and the treasurer of the candidate committee.
11.0102 History History: 2015 a. 117 ss. 24, 74 (1m); 2017 a. 365.
11.0103 11.0103 Reporting; general.
11.0103(1)(1)Report must be complete.
11.0103(1)(a)(a) Each committee and conduit required to register under this chapter shall be subject to the reporting requirements applicable to that committee or conduit. Each committee and conduit required to file a report under this chapter shall make a good faith effort to obtain all required information.
11.0103(1)(b) (b) Failure to receive a form or notice from a filing officer does not exempt a committee or conduit from a reporting requirement under this chapter.
11.0103(2) (2)Contributions; when received; when reported.
11.0103(2)(a)1.1. A contribution is received by a candidate committee for purposes of this chapter when it is under the control of the candidate or the treasurer or agent of the candidate.
11.0103(2)(a)2. 2. A contribution is received by a committee for purposes of this chapter when it is under the control of the treasurer or agent of the committee.
11.0103(2)(b) (b) Unless it is returned or donated within 15 days of receipt under par. (a), a contribution must be reported as received on the date received.
11.0103(3) (3)Contents of report; filing dates; certification; short form; contents.
11.0103(3)(a)(a) A committee shall begin each report filed under this chapter with the first contribution received, disbursement made, or obligation incurred during the reporting period, and shall include all contributions received, disbursements made, and obligations incurred as of the end of:
11.0103(3)(a)1. 1. The 15th day preceding the primary or election in the case of the preprimary and preelection report.
11.0103(3)(a)2. 2. The last day of the immediately preceding month in the case of a continuing report required under this chapter.
11.0103(3)(a)3. 3. The 22nd day following the special election in the case of a postelection report required under this chapter.
11.0103(3)(b) (b) Each committee shall ensure that each report is filed with the appropriate filing officer on the dates designated in this chapter. In the event that any report is required to be filed under this chapter on a nonbusiness day, a committee may file the report on the next business day thereafter.
11.0103(3)(c)1.1. Except as provided in subd. 2., the committee's treasurer shall certify to the correctness of each report filed under this chapter.
11.0103(3)(c)2. 2. Either the candidate or the treasurer of the candidate's committee shall certify to the correctness of each report filed under this chapter.
11.0103(3)(d) (d) The commission shall prescribe a simplified, short form for compliance with this section by a committee treasurer who has not engaged in any financial transaction since the last date included on the treasurer's preceding report.
11.0103(4) (4)Preprimary and preelection reports; inactivity.
11.0103(4)(a)(a) A contribution made or accepted, a disbursement made, or an obligation incurred to support or oppose a candidate at a primary that is made, accepted, or incurred during the period covered by the preprimary report is considered to be made, accepted, or incurred to support or oppose that candidate at the primary, regardless of whether the candidate is opposed at the primary.
11.0103(4)(b) (b) A contribution made or accepted, disbursement made, or obligation incurred to support or oppose a candidate at an election that is made, accepted, or incurred during the period covered by the preelection report is considered to be made, accepted, or incurred to support or oppose that candidate at the election, regardless of whether the candidate is opposed at the election.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 18 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on August 19, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after August 19, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 8-19-19)