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El. Bd. Op. 06-1

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Ancillary events, like a golf outing, held in conjunction with a political fundraiser are treated as part of the fundraiser unless the registrant/beneficiary of the fundraiser is able to show that the fundraiser was a separate and independent event. In determining whether ancillary events are separate and independent from a political fundraising event, PAC/Conduit events to raise money for the PAC are evaluated differently from events held to raise money for a candidate. Compensation for time and travel for persons paid to attend fundraising events is not considered a contribution to the beneficiary of the fundraising event unless the compensated attendee performs, in the course of the fundraiser, services for the beneficiary of the fundraiser. (Issued to Peter C. Christianson, January 18, 2006)

This opinion was reviewed by the Government Accountability Board pursuant to 2007 Wisconsin Act 1 and was reaffirmed on March 26, 2008.