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1996 Wis Eth Bd 04 - IMPROPER USE OF OFFICE; USE OF STATE’S TIME, FACILITIES, SUPPLIES, AND SERVICES

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A state public official may, consistent with statutes the Ethics Board
administers, accept compensation from a publisher for a book the official will
write on public policy and politics as long as (1) the official does not, in
writing the book, rely upon the state’s time, facilities, services, or supplies
not generally available to everyone; (2) the terms of the contract are standard
in the industry and were arrived at through an arms-length transaction; and
(3) in the event that lobbyists, lobbying principals, or others having business
before the official’s agency arrange for significant purchases, outside the
normal course of their business, the official turns over royalties arising from
those purchases either to the state or to a charity with which the official is
not associated. OEB 96-4 (February 29, 1996)