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  • El. Bd. Op. 1975-02

    The state does not occupy University of Wisconsin owned and operated student residences, dormitories and the facilities incidental thereto which are the subject of a housing lease or agreement entered into by the university with its students. Other University of Wisconsin owned or operated facilities are occupied by the state except when the University of Wisconsin enters into an agreement with individuals or groups, to allow those individuals or groups to use the facilities for non-academic purposes. (Issued to Richard A. Hyde, September 16, 1975)

  • El. Bd. Op. 1976-07

    Campaign funds may be utilized only for political purposes as defined in §11.01 (16), Stats. (Issued to Tim Cullen, March 17, 1976)

    This opinion was reviewed by the Government Accountability Board pursuant to 2007 Wisconsin Act 1 and was revised to make it clear that campaign funds can never be used to supplement a legislator’s office allowance. The opinion below was reaffirmed by the Government Accountability Board on June 9, 2008 and fully incorporates the revisions directed by the G.A.B.

  • El. Bd. Op. 1976-12

    Distribution of printed materials; "political purposes": Questions of whether officeholder's purchase and distribution of printed materials to constituents are subject to reporting and identification requirements and violative of election bribery statute depends on whether intentions of distributor as to political office, content of materials, time and manner of distribution, pattern and frequency of distribution, and value of materials indicate purchase and distribution are for "political purposes." §§11.01 (16), 11.06, 11.30 (2),12.11, Stats.

  • El. Bd. Op. 1976-16

    Legislative newsletters and campaign finance laws: Campaign funds cannot be used to pay any part of the cost incurred for newsletters funded in any part by state funds; Use of state employees on state time to prepare newsletters intended primarily for political purposes is unlawful; Test established for determining whether a state-funded newsletter is primarily for political purposes. §§11.36, Stats., 11.33, Stats., El. Bd. Op. 76-2. (Issued to David E. Clarenbach, December 18, 1976)

  • El. Bd. Op. 1978-12

    Prohibition on mass mailings after filing of nomination papers: Secretary of State's office may use state funds for regular mass mailings necessary to carry out duties of office after filing nomination papers and before election, provided that mailings are not directed toward political purposes. §11.33, Stats. (Issued to Terrence S. Waitrovich, July 20, 1978)

    This opinion was reviewed by the Government Accountability Board pursuant to 2007 Wisconsin Act 1 and was reaffirmed on March 26, 2008.

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