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1993 Wis Eth Bd 04 - IMPROPER USE OF OFFICE; INFLUENCING OFFICIAL JUDGMENT; LEGISLATORS; LOBBYING AND LOBBYISTS; REPRESENTATION OF CLIENTS

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A legislator may not accept anything of pecuniary value from a lobbying
principal. To the extent that a referendum committee is an intermediary,
agent, or alter ego for a lobbying principal, a legislator should treat the referendum
committee as if it were a lobbying principal and be guided by the
advice given in 1992 Wis Eth Bd 26.

A legislator should not bid or negotiate for, nor should anyone offer him or
her, work on behalf of a referendum committee if it involves a matter on
which the legislator is authorized to take any discretionary action unless the
Legislature has completed its final action on that matter.

Because referenda are part of the work of the Legislature, we recommend
that a legislator not take pay to work on a referendum unless the legislator is
confident that he or she can demonstrate that the employment is unrelated to
being a member of the Legislature and is unlikely to influence the judgment
the legislator exercises as a state official.
OEB 93-4 (February 10, 1993)