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Lobbying Registration

Organizations

Wisconsin law requires your organization to register with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board if your organization employs an individual for compensation who communicates with state officials to attempt to influence state legislation or administrative rulemaking on behalf of the organization and that individual communicates with state officials on 5 or more days during either the first or last six months of the year.

Lobbyists

You have an obligation to obtain a lobbying license from the Government Accountability Board, and the organization that pays you is required to authorize you as its lobbyist, if you attempt to influence state legislation or an administrative rule on behalf of a business or organization that employs you or from which you receive a payment (other than reimbursement of expenses) and you communicate with a state official or legislative employee about such matters on five or more days within a six month period.

You do not need a lobbyist license or authorization if:

  • you are not acting on behalf of anyone other than yourself;
  • you represent the views of a business or organization but do so as an unpaid volunteer;
  • you represent the views of a business or organization that pays you, but convey those views only to legislators elected from the Senate and Assembly districts in which you reside;
  • or you represent the views of a business or organization that pays you and you convey those views to all or many legislators or officials but do so only occasionally, up to four days within a six-month period.

How to Register

To register your organization to lobby in Wisconsin, please visit the Eye on Lobbying website, and then click on “Registration and Licensing” from the menu on the left-hand side. You must create a username and password, after which the system will walk you through the registration process. If the individual does not already have a lobbying license, he or she should complete a Lobby License Application online as well.