Campaign Finance Overview

On December 16, 2015, the Governor signed 2015 Wisconsin Acts 117 and 118 which made a number of important changes to campaign finance registration, reporting, and enforcement effective January 1, 2016, and replaced the Government Accountability Board (GAB) on July 1, 2016 with an Elections Commission and Ethics Commission. Staff has communicated the major changes to campaign finance laws to all registered committees, and to county and municipal clerks, who act as the filing officers for local candidates and referendum committees. Staff will update campaign finance forms, manuals, and other campaign finance materials and post them to this website as they become available. For commonly asked questions, please visit our campaign finance FAQs page.

The Wisconsin Campaign Finance Information System (CFIS) is the State of Wisconsin’s one-stop-shop for the online registration of campaign committees, reporting of independent expenditures, and a searchable database of campaign related activity. With the CFIS Website you can view registration, receipt and disbursement information for state candidates and other registered campaign committees. State candidates and other registered campaign committees should register and report campaign finance information using this web site. Useful links to the Campaign Finance Information System, registration and reporting information for State Candidates and Committees, registration and reporting information for Local Candidates and Committees, and information pertaining to campaign finance laws and guidance are available under the campaign finance menu on this site.

Campaign Finance Contribution Limits

Click on the link above to view information about campaign finance contribution limits in Wisconsin.

Campaign Finance Filing Deadlines and other Important Events

The Calendar below provides a summary of important campaign finance deadlines and events. You can also view the following page for a complete listing of campaign finance reporting deadlines on this page: Campaign Finance Reporting Deadlines.

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
7/17/2017 12:00 AMJuly Continuing Report DueCampaign Finance Information System (CFIS)http://cfis.wi.govYes7/17/2017 11:59 PM
1/16/2018 12:00 AMJanuary Continuing Report DueCampaign Finance Information System (CFIS)http://cfis.wi.govYes1/16/2018 11:59 PM