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1996 Wis Eth Bd 02 - GIFTS; IMPROPER USE OF OFFICE

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In the case of an individual acting independently of Wisconsin’s government
and public officials, the Ethics Code does not restrict a private citizen’s
publishing information about Wisconsin’s Legislature or about individual
legislators on the internet’s World Wide Web. If an individual or business
offers to publish information on the internet at a legislator’s behest, the
legislator may, consistent with the Ethics Code, avail himself or herself of
that opportunity if: (1) the Legislature has officially acted to accept that
opportunity on behalf of the state; and (2) the legislator use the site to
communicate about issues before the Legislature and state government
processes and proposals, and not to publish information on private matters,
including campaign matters.
OEB 96-2 (February 22, 1996)