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2004 Wis Eth Bd 07 - LOBBYING LAW

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The Ethics Board advises that an agency official should pay a lobbying
organization on whose board of directors the official serves for any food, lodging,
or transportation the organization furnishes the official in connection
with serving on its board of directors. Because the official’s state agency
encourages its employees to participate in the organization’s activities,
routinely permits employees to participate in those activities without the
need to take leave time, and reimburses employees’ expenses for those
activities when it can, it appears appropriate for the agency to reimburse the
official for those costs. The lobbying law is not an obstacle to the
organization’s reimbursing the state agency for those expenses.