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2001 Wis Eth Bd 02 - GIFTS, IMPROPER USE OF OFFICE, LOBBYING

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The Ethics Board advises:

For state and local government officials
Neither a state public official nor a local public official should accept or
purchase a ticket or admission to an event or access to a loge, skybox,
or other premium area unless the official can clearly and convincingly
demonstrate that at least one of these conditions obtains:

     • The ticket, admission, or access is offered for a reason unrelated
          to the official’s holding or having held a public office;

     • The ticket, admission, or access is available to the general public
          on the same terms and conditions as available to the official; or

     • The ticket, admission, or access is without pecuniary value.

In addition, for state officials and organizations that employ
lobbyists

A lobbying principal should not give, sell, or furnish or arrange for
another to give, sell, or furnish to an elected state official, legislative
employee, candidate for state office, or agency official a ticket or
admission to an event or access to a loge, skybox, or other premium
area unless the ticket, admission, or access is available to the general
public on the same terms and conditions or the ticket, admission, or
access is without pecuniary value.

An elected state official, legislative employee, candidate for state office,
or agency official should not accept or purchase from a lobbying principal
a ticket or admission to an event or access to a loge, skybox, or
other premium area unless the ticket, admission, or access is available
to the general public on the same terms and conditions or the ticket,
admission, or access is without pecuniary value.

In addition, for state officials and lobbyists

A lobbyist should not give, sell, or furnish or arrange for another to
give, sell, or furnish to an elected state official, legislative employee,
candidate for state office, or agency official a ticket or admission to an
event or access to a loge, skybox, or other premium area unless the
ticket, admission, or access is without pecuniary value.

An elected state official, legislative employee, candidate for state office,
or agency official should not accept or purchase from a lobbyist a ticket
or admission to an event or access to a loge, skybox, or other premium
area unless the ticket, admission, or access is without pecuniary value.

Limited exception

To the extent that an official's participation in an event is in furtherance
of substantive or ceremonial governmental responsibilities appropriate
to the official's government office so as to be clearly and convincingly
for the benefit primarily of the state or a local government
and any private benefit is merely incidental, then an individual or
organization may provide admission to or accommodation at the event
and a state or local public official may attend the event without
payment or on terms not available to the general public.