About Lobbying in Wisconsin

Eye On Lobbying

The Eye On Lobbying website is Wisconsin's website for lobbying principal registration, lobbyist licensing and authorization, lobbying activity and expenditures reporting, and public disclosure of lobbying activities. The Eye On Lobbying site includes information on lobbying activity going back to the 2003-2004 Legislative Session, such as the most lobbied bills or most active lobbying principals. Information about lobbying activities prior to 2003 is available in paper reports at the State of Wisconsin Historical Society. Organizations attempting to influence the Legislature (also known as principals) must register with the Commission, and individuals lobbying on an organization's behalf must obtain a lobbying license. Lobbyists must regularly report their activities. Veterans may be eligible for a one-time fee waiver

Agency Legislative Liaison Reporting

The Ethics Commission also collects semi-annual reports on the legislative activities of state agencies.  Agencies are required to report all paid officers and employees whose regular duties include attempting to influence legislative action, and include their name, title, salary, the proportion of time spent on legislative activity, and the general area of legislative action that person is attempting to influence.   In October 2015, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board launched a new online reporting system for state agency liaisons as a part of the Eye On Lobbying website. This new online reporting system modernized the previous method of reporting for agency legislative liaisons through a paper-based reporting system. 

Agency users - you will file legislative liaison reports in the Eye on Lobbying website by following the manual posted below.  If you do not know your agency's username or password, please contact Ethics Commission staff.

Reporting Agency Legislative Liaisons User Manual 2017.pdf

Training Materials and Schedules

The Commission provides lobbying training materials such as user manuals, webinar videos, and holds in-person training events. While lobbyists and lobbying principals are the main audience for these training materials, some information may also be informative to others interested in lobbying activity in Wisconsin. Training materials and schedules will be posted and updated on the Eye On Lobbing website.

Frequently Asked Questions

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