11.0101(10)(b)2. 2. A communication or Internet activity by an individual acting in his or her own behalf, or acting in behalf of another person if the individual is not compensated specifically for those services, including the cost or value of computers, software, Internet domain names, Internet service providers, and any other technology that is used to provide access to or use of the Internet, but not including professional video production services purchased by the individual.
11.0101(10)(b)3. 3. Any news story, commentary, or editorial by a broadcasting station, cable television operator, producer, or programmer, Internet site, or newspaper or other periodical publication, including an Internet or other electronic publication unless a committee owns the medium in which the news story, commentary, or editorial appears.
11.0101(10)(b)4. 4. A nominal fee paid for a communication to the general public.
11.0101(10)(b)5. 5. An expenditure of funds by a sponsoring organization for a political action committee's administrative or solicitation expenses.
11.0101(10)(b)6. 6. An expenditure of funds by a sponsoring organization for an independent expenditure committee's administrative or solicitation expenses.
11.0101(10)(b)7. 7. An expenditure of funds by a sponsor, as defined in s. 11.0705 (1), for a conduit's administrative or solicitation expenses.
11.0101(10)(b)8. 8. An expenditure of funds for a political action committee's fundraising and administrative expenses.
11.0101(10)(b)9. 9. An expenditure of funds for an independent expenditure committee's fundraising and administrative expenses.
11.0101(10)(b)10. 10. An expenditure of funds for a conduit's fundraising and administrative expenses.
11.0101(11) (11)“Express advocacy" means a communication that contains terms such as the following with reference to a clearly identified candidate and that unambiguously relates to the election or defeat of that candidate:
11.0101(11)(a) (a) “Vote for".
11.0101(11)(b) (b) “Elect".
11.0101(11)(c) (c) “Support".
11.0101(11)(d) (d) “Cast your ballot for".
11.0101(11)(e) (e) “Smith for ... (an elective office)".
11.0101(11)(f) (f) “Vote against".
11.0101(11)(g) (g) “Defeat".
11.0101(11)(h) (h) “Reject".
11.0101(11)(i) (i) “Cast your ballot against".
11.0101(12) (12)“Federal account committee" means a committee of a state political party organization that makes contributions to candidates for national office and is registered with the federal election commission.
11.0101(13) (13)“Federal candidate committee" means a committee of a candidate for the U.S. senate or house of representatives from this state that the candidate designates under 2 USC 432 (e).
11.0101(14) (14)“Filing officer" means the commission, board of election commissioners, or official assigned to a committee or conduit under s. 11.0102.
11.0101(15) (15)“General election" means the election held in even-numbered years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November to elect United States senators, representatives in congress, presidential electors, state senators, representatives to the assembly, district attorneys, state officers other than the state superintendent and judicial officers, and county officers other than supervisors and county executives.
11.0101(16) (16)“Independent expenditure" means an expenditure for express advocacy by a person, if the expenditure is not made in coordination with a candidate, candidate committee, candidate's agent, legislative campaign committee, or political party, as prohibited under s. 11.1203.
11.0101(17) (17)“Independent expenditure 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(17)(a) (a) It has the major purpose of making independent expenditures, 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(17)(b) (b) It uses more than 50 percent of its total spending in a 12-month period on independent expenditures and 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(18) (18)“Intentionally" has the meaning given in s. 939.23 (3).
11.0101(18m) (18m)“Internet activity" includes sending or forwarding an electronic message; providing a hyperlink or other direct access on a person's Internet site to an Internet site operated by another person; blogging; creating, maintaining, or hosting an Internet site; payment by a person of a nominal fee for the use of an Internet site operated by another person; or any other form of communication distributed over the Internet.
11.0101(19) (19)“Legislative campaign committee" means a committee organized in either house of the legislature to support a candidate of a political party for legislative office.
11.0101(21) (21)“National political party committee" means a national committee as defined in 2 USC 431 (14).
11.0101(22) (22)“Negotiable instrument" includes an electronic transfer of funds.
11.0101(23) (23)“Obligation" means any express agreement to make a disbursement, including all of the following:
11.0101(23)(a) (a) A loan or loan guarantee.
11.0101(23)(b) (b) A promise or a payment to purchase, rent, or lease tangible personal property.
11.0101(23)(c) (c) A promise or a payment for a service that has been or will be performed.
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).
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2019-20 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2021 Wis. Act 7 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on March 18, 2021. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after March 18, 2021, are designated by NOTES. (Published 3-18-21)