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2004 Wis Eth Bd 01 - IMPROPER USE OF OFFICE

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You have asked how a charitable Foundation may supplement the
salary of the Director of a state agency whose work the Foundation raises
funds to support. Supplementing the Director’s salary is precisely what the
Foundation should not do. Wisconsin Statutes declare as a felony a public
official’s or employee’s acceptance “for the performance of any service or duty
anything of value which the officer or employee knows is greater or less than
is fixed by law.” §946.12 (5), Wisconsin Statutes. The issue is whether,
consistent with his duties to the state agency, will the Director have the time
to take on a second job with the Foundation and will the compensation for
that second job be commensurate with the responsibilities.