3. For the purpose of making a donation to a charitable organization or the 21
common school fund.
4. For payment of the expenses of nonpartisan campaigns to increase voter 23
registration or participation.
(c) A candidate committee may accept contributions and make disbursements 25
from a campaign depository account for payment of inaugural expenses of an
individual who is elected to state or local office. Inaugural expenses paid from 2
contributions made to the campaign depository account are reportable under s. 3
11.0204 (1) as disbursements and are subject to the limits under s. 11.1101.
No contributions to or disbursements from a committee's depository 5
account may be invested for the purpose of producing income unless the investment 6
is in direct obligations of the United States and of agencies and corporations wholly 7
owned by the United States, commercial paper maturing within one year from the 8
date of investment, preferred shares of a corporation, or securities of an investment 9
company registered under the federal investment company act of 1940 (15 USC 80a
and registered for public offer and sale in this state of the type commonly referred 11
to as a "money market fund".
1411.1301 Defense fund authorized. (1)
Any candidate or public official who 15
is being investigated for, charged with, or convicted of a criminal violation of this 16
chapter or ch. 12, or whose agent is so investigated, charged, or convicted, may 17
establish a defense fund for disbursements supporting or defending the candidate, 18
official, or agent, or any dependent of the candidate, official, or agent, while that 19
person is being investigated for, or while the person is charged with or convicted of 20
a criminal violation of this chapter or ch. 12.
No person may use a contribution received from a contributor to a candidate 22
committee fund for a purpose for which a defense fund is authorized under sub. (1) 23
unless the person obtains the contributor's authorization. Notwithstanding s. 24
11.1202 (3), any contributor may authorize the transfer of all or part of a contribution 25
from a campaign fund to a defense fund.
111.1302 Donations to charitable organizations or school fund.
committee may make a donation to a charitable organization or the common school 3
fund from the committee's depository account. No later than 5 days after a committee 4
makes a donation to a charitable organization or the common school fund from the 5
committee's depository account, the committee shall notify the committee's filing 6
officer in writing of the name of the donee and the date of the donation, and shall 7
provide an explanation for not retaining the amount donated in the committee's 8
911.1303 Attribution of political contributions, disbursements and
No disbursement may be made anonymously and no 11
contribution or disbursement may be made in a fictitious name or by one person or 12
organization in the name of another.
(a) Every printed advertisement, billboard, handbill, sample ballot, 14
television or radio advertisement, or other communication which is paid for by any 15
contribution or disbursement shall clearly identify its source.
(b) Every communication described under par. (a) the cost of which is paid for 17
or reimbursed by a committee, or for which a committee assumes responsibility, 18
whether by accepting a contribution or making a disbursement, shall identify its 19
source by the words "Paid for by" followed by the name of the committee making the 20
payment or reimbursement or assuming responsibility for the communication and 21
may include the name of the treasurer or other authorized agent of the committee.
(c) Every communication described under par. (a) that is directly paid for or 23
reimbursed by an individual, including a candidate who is serving as his or her own 24
candidate committee treasurer, or for which an individual assumes responsibility, 25
whether by accepting a contribution or making a disbursement, shall identify its
source by the words "Paid for by" followed by the name of the candidate or other 2
individual making the payment or reimbursement or assuming responsibility for the 3
(d) In addition to the requirements of pars. (a) to (c), a person required to submit 5
an affirmation under oath, as provided under s. 11.0505 (1) (b) 6., 11.0605 (1) (b) 6., 6
or 11.1001 (1) (b) 6. shall also include the words "Not authorized by any candidate 7
or candidate's agent or committee" in every communication supporting or opposing 8
any clearly identified candidate.
(e) Communications under this section by a candidate committee may identify 10
the name of the candidate committee, except as provided in par. (b) 2. and except that 11
no abbreviation may be used to identify the committee.
(em) Each printed advertisement, billboard, handbill, paid television or radio 13
advertisement, or other communication made for the purpose of influencing the 14
recall from or retention in office of an individual holding a state or local office shall 15
clearly identify its source in the manner prescribed in pars. (b) and (c).
(f) This subsection does not apply to communications printed on small items 17
on which the information required by this subsection cannot be conveniently printed. 18
The board may, by rule, specify small items to which this subsection shall not apply.
(g) The attributions required by this subsection in written communications 20
shall be readable, legible, and readily accessible.
Whenever any person receives payment from another person, in cash or 22
in-kind, for the direct or indirect cost of conducting a poll concerning support or 23
opposition to a candidate, political party, or referendum, the person conducting the 24
poll shall, upon request of any person who is polled, disclose the name and address
of the person making payment for the poll and, in the case of a committee, the name 2
of the treasurer of the committee making payment.
311.1304 Duties of the government accountability board.
The board shall:
Prescribe forms for making the reports, statements, and notices required 5
by this chapter. The board shall make the forms available free of charge on the 6
board's Internet site and shall distribute or arrange for the distribution of all forms 7
for use by other filing officers.
Upon request, transmit a form described under sub. (1), free of charge, by 9
facsimile or by 1st class mail.
(a) Prepare and publish for the use of persons required to file reports and 11
statements under this chapter a manual setting forth simply and concisely 12
recommended uniform methods of bookkeeping and reporting.
(b) Prepare, publish, and revise as necessary a manual simply and concisely 14
describing the filing and registration requirements established in this chapter in 15
detail, as well as other major provisions of this chapter and ch. 12.
Develop a filing, coding, and cross-indexing system consonant with the 17
purposes of this chapter.
Assign an identification number to each committee for whom the board acts 19
as a filing officer under s. 11.0102 (1) and to each conduit.
(a) Except as provided in par. (b), require each committee for whom the 21
board serves as filing officer under s. 11.0102 (1) to file each campaign finance report 22
that is required to be filed under this chapter in an electronic format. The board shall 23
permit an authorized individual to provide at the time of filing an electronic 24
signature, as defined in s. 137.11 (8), that is subject to a security procedure, as 25
defined in s. 137.11 (13). A committee that files a report under this subsection in an
electronic format may file with the board that portion of the report signed by an 2
authorized individual rather than submit the electronic signature of that individual. 3
The board shall provide complete instructions to any committee that files a report 4
under this subsection.
(b) Permit a committee that accepts contributions in a total amount or value 6
of $1,000 or less during a campaign period to opt out of the requirement to file a 7
campaign finance report in an electronic format as specified in par. (a). In this 8
paragraph, the campaign period of a candidate committee begins and ends as 9
provided under s. 11.1103, and the campaign period of any other committee begins 10
on January 1 of each odd-numbered year and ends on December 31 of the following 11
Compile and maintain on an electronic system a current list of all reports 13
and statements received by or required of and pertaining to each committee 14
registered under this chapter.
Maintain a duplicate record of any statement received by a political action 16
committee under s. 11.0505 or by a person under subchapter VII together with the 17
record of each candidate to whom it relates.
Determine whether each report or statement required to be filed under this 19
chapter has been filed in the form and by the time prescribed by law, and whether 20
it conforms on its face to the requirements of this chapter.
Immediately send to any committee or conduit which is delinquent in 22
filing, or which has filed otherwise than in the proper form, a notice that the 23
committee or conduit has failed to comply with this chapter. Whenever a candidate 24
committee has appointed an individual other than the candidate as campaign
treasurer, the board shall send the notice to both the candidate and the treasurer of 2
the candidate committee.
Receive and maintain in an orderly manner all reports and statements 4
required to be filed with the state under the federal election campaign act. The board 5
(a) Preserve such reports and statements for a period of 6 years from date of 7
(b) Compile and maintain a current list of all reports and statements pertaining 9
to each candidate who is required to file a report or statement under the federal 10
election campaign act.
(c) Promptly compile and release for public inspection a list of all reports 12
received from candidates for national office and from committees supporting or 13
opposing such candidates which are required to be filed with the state under the 14
federal election campaign act, as soon as possible after each deadline for receipt of 15
such reports as provided by federal law.
Make the reports and statements filed under this chapter, including those 17
reports and statements filed under sub. (11), available on the board's Internet site 18
for public inspection and copying, commencing as soon as practicable but not later 19
than the end of the 2nd day following the day during which they are received.
Upon the request of any person, permit copying of any report or statement 21
described under sub. (12) by hand or by duplicating machine at cost.
Include in its biennial report under s. 15.04 (1) (d) compilations of any of 23
the following in its discretion:
(a) Total reported contributions, disbursements, and incurred obligations for 25
all committees registered and reporting under this chapter during the biennium.
(b) Total amounts contributed during the biennium, reported by contribution 2
amounts as determined by the board, to each type of committee registered and 3
reporting under this chapter.
(c) Total amounts expended during the biennium, reported by disbursement 5
amounts as determined by the board, by each type of committee registered and 6
reporting under this chapter.
(d) Total amounts expended for influencing nominations and elections 8
whenever separate information is reported.
(e) Aggregate amounts contributed by any contributors shown to have 10
contributed more than $100.
Prepare and publish from time to time special reports comparing the 12
various totals and categories of contributions and disbursements made with respect 13
to preceding elections.
Make available a list of delinquents for public inspection.
Promulgate rules to administer this chapter.
1811.1400 Civil penalties. (1)
Any person who violates this chapter may be 19
required to forfeit not more than $500 for each violation.
In addition to the penalty under sub. (1), any person who is delinquent in 21
filing a report required by this chapter may be required to forfeit not more than $50 22
or one percent of the annual salary of the office for which the candidate is being 23
supported or opposed, whichever is greater, for each day of delinquency.
Notwithstanding sub. (1), any person who makes any contribution in 2
violation of this chapter may be required to forfeit treble the amount of the 3
contribution or portion of that contribution which is illegally contributed.
Notwithstanding sub. (1), any person who violates s. 11.0102 (3) or 11.1208 5
shall forfeit $10 for each person who is solicited, but not more than $1,000 for each 6
report from which persons are solicited, in violation of s. 11.0102 (3) or 11.1208.
Notwithstanding sub. (1), any person who is subject to a requirement to pay 8
a filing fee under s. 11.0102 and who fails to pay that fee within the time prescribed 9
in that section shall forfeit $500 plus treble the amount of the fee payable by that 10
Except as otherwise provided in ss. 5.05 (2m) (c) 15. and 16. and (h), 5.08, 12
and 5.081, actions under this section may be brought by the board or, upon the board's 13
determination of probable cause, by the district attorney for the county where the 14
defendant resides or, if the defendant is a nonresident, by the district attorney for the 15
county where the violation is alleged to have occurred. For purposes of this 16
subsection, a person other than an individual resides within a county if the person's 17
principal place of operation is located within that county.
Any elector may file a verified petition with the board requesting that civil 19
action under this chapter be brought against any person or committee. The petition 20
shall allege such facts as are within the knowledge of the petitioner to show probable 21
cause that a violation of this chapter has occurred.
When a candidate committee treasurer or candidate's agent incurs an 23
obligation or makes a disbursement, that action by the treasurer or agent is imputed 24
to the candidate for purposes of civil liability under this subchapter.
In civil actions under this chapter the acts of every member of a candidate 2
committee are presumed to be with the candidate's knowledge or approval until 3
clearly proven otherwise.
411.1401 Criminal penalties; prosecution. (1)
(a) Whoever intentionally 5
violates s. 11.1204 or any registration or reporting requirement under this chapter 6
is guilty of a Class I felony.
(b) Whoever intentionally violates subch. XI or s. 11.1201, 11.1208, or 11.1303 8
is guilty of a Class I felony if the intentional violation does not involve a specific figure 9
or if the intentional violation concerns a figure which exceeds $100 in amount or 10
(c) Whoever intentionally violates any of the following may be fined not more 12
than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than 6 months or both:
1. Any provision of this chapter other than those provided in par. (a).
2. Any provision under par. (b) if the violation concerns a specific amount or 15
value not exceeding $100.
Except as otherwise provided in ss. 5.05 (2m) (c) 15. and 16. and (i), 5.08, 17
and 5.081, and only after the board has determined probable cause, all prosecutions 18
under this section shall be conducted by the district attorney for the county where 19
the defendant resides or, if the defendant is a nonresident, by the district attorney 20
for the county where the violation is alleged to have occurred. For purposes of this 21
subsection, a person other than a individual resides within a county if the person's 22
principal place of operation is located within that county.
(a) If a successful candidate for public office, other than a candidate for the 24
legislature, is adjudged guilty in a criminal action of any violation of this chapter 25
under sub. (1) (a) or (b), or of any violation of ch. 12 under s. 12.60 (1) (a) committed
during his or her candidacy, the court shall after entering judgment enter a 2
supplemental judgment declaring a forfeiture of the candidate's right to office. The 3
supplemental judgment shall be transmitted to the officer or agency authorized to 4
issue the certificate of nomination or election to the office for which the person 5
convicted is a candidate. If the candidate's term has not yet begun, the candidate 6
shall not take office. If the candidate's term has begun, the office shall become 7
vacant. The office shall then be filled in the manner provided by law.
(b) If a successful candidate for the legislature is adjudged guilty in a criminal 9
action of any violation of this chapter under sub. (1) (a) or (b), or of any violation of 10
ch. 12 under s. 12.60 (1) (a) committed during his or her candidacy, the court shall 11
after entering judgment certify its findings to the presiding officer of the house of the 12
legislature to which the candidate was elected.
12.07 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
No person may, directly or indirectly, cause any person to make a 15
contribution or provide any service or other thing of value to or for the benefit of a 16candidate, political party or registrant committee registered
under s. 11.05 chapter
, with the purpose of influencing the election or nomination of a candidate to 18
national, state or local office or the passage or defeat of a referendum by means of the 19
denial or the threat of denial of any employment, position, work or promotion, or any 20
compensation or other benefit of such employment, position or work, or by means of 21
discharge, demotion or disciplinary action or the threat to impose a discharge, 22
demotion or disciplinary action. This subsection does not apply to employment by 23
a candidate, political party or other registrant
under s. 11.05 24chapter 11
in connection with a campaign or political party activities.
12.08 of the statutes is amended to read:
112.08 Denial of government benefits.
No person may, directly or indirectly, 2
cause any person to make a contribution or provide any service or other thing of value 3
to or for the benefit of a candidate, political party or registrant committee registered 4
under s. 11.05 chapter 11
, with the purpose of influencing the election or nomination 5
of a candidate to national, state,
or local office or the passage or defeat of a 6
referendum by means of the denial or threat of denial of any payment or other benefit 7
of a program established or funded in whole or in part by this state or any local 8
governmental unit of this state, or a program which has applied for funding by this 9
state or any local governmental unit of this state.
12.13 (3) (h) of the statutes is amended to read:
(h) Deface, destroy or remove any legally placed election campaign 12
advertising poster with intent to disrupt the campaign advertising efforts of any 13candidate, or of any committee, group or individual
under ch. 14
11, or alter the information printed thereon so as to change the meaning thereof to 15
the disadvantage of the candidate or cause espoused. Nothing in this paragraph 16
restricts the right of any owner or occupant of any real property, or the owner or 17
operator of any motor vehicle, to remove campaign advertising posters from such 18
property or vehicle.
12.60 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
Prosecutions under this chapter shall be conducted in accordance 21
with s. 11.61 11.1401
13.62 (5g) of the statutes is amended to read:
"Candidate" has the meaning given under s. 11.01 (1) 11.0101 (1)
13.62 (5j) of the statutes is created to read:
"Candidate committee" has the meaning given in s. 11.0101 (2).
13.62 (5r) of the statutes is amended to read:
"Communications media" has the meaning given under s. 11.01 (5) 3means newspapers, periodicals, commercial billboards and radio and television
4stations, including community antenna television stations
13.62 (5u) of the statutes is created to read:
"Contribution" has the meaning given in s. 11.0101 (8).
13.62 (11t) of the statutes is repealed.
13.625 (1) (b) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) (intro.) Furnish Give
to any agency official or legislative employee 10
of the state or to any elective state official or candidate for an elective state office, or 11
to the official's, employee's or candidate's personal campaign candidate
12the official, employee, or candidate
13.625 (1) (b) 3. of the statutes is amended to read: