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El. Bd. Op. 1975-05

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Contributions of $100 or less received in the form of a check drawn on a joint checking account may be assumed to be from the signer of the check absent evidence to the contrary. Contributions over $100 received in the form of a check drawn on a joint checking account may not be assumed to be from the signer of the check absent evidence to the contrary; instead, the treasurer must affirmatively inquire as to whom the contribution is from. Contributions received in the form of a check drawn on a partnership checking account may not be assumed to be from the signer of the check. The treasurer has a duty to ascertain the identity of the contributor in such instance. Reproduction of personal correspondence by means of a magnetic card typewriter constitutes reproduction by machine. An organization may, pursuant to §11.29 (1), Stats., send nomination papers to its members without reporting such activity. (Issued to Keith R. Clifford, December 19, 1975)

This opinion was reviewed by the Government Accountability Board pursuant to 2007 Wisconsin Act 1 and was revised to require treasurers to affirmatively inquire whom a contribution in excess of $100 was from if the contribution was drawn on a joint account. The opinion below was reaffirmed by the Government Accountability Board on May 5, 2008 and fully incorporates the revisions directed by the G.A.B.