Lobbying Overview

Eye On Lobbying

The Eye On Lobbying website is Wisconsin's website for public disclosure of lobbying activities required by Wisconsin Statues Chapter 13 subchapter III, as well as for lobbying principal registration, lobbyist licensing and authorization, lobbying activity and expenditures reporting, and state agency legislative liaison reporting. 

For the Public: View Reports

The Eye On Lobbying site includes information on lobbying activity from the current legislative session going back to the 2003-2004 Legislative Session. The site allows anyone to view things such as the most lobbied bills or most active lobbying principals, as well as which organizations have lobbied on each bill, budget bill subject, administrative rule, or topic (matters not yet introduced). You do not need to created a username or password in order to view this information. Lobbying activity information prior to 2003 is available in paper reports at the State of Wisconsin Historical Society. 
 
The Wisconsin Ethics Commission also offers a subscription notification service through Eye on Lobbying called FOCUS, which provides a daily email summary of activities related to a user’s lobbying interests. FOCUS is open to anyone that wishes to have a subscription. A username, password, and fee payment are required for the subscription service.

Members of the public looking to view lobbying information, state agency legislative liaison reports, and details about FOCUS - please visit our View Lobbying Reports page.

Lobbyists & Lobbying Organizations: Report Activity

Organizations attempting to influence the Legislature (known as principals) must register with the Commission, and individuals lobbying on a principal's behalf must obtain a lobbying license and authorization starting on the fifth day of lobbying communication within a six month reporting period (January-June and July-December). Registration, licensing, and reporting is not required for less than five days of communication within a six month reporting period. After the fifth day of communication, the organization must register as a principal and any initial contact on legislative action must be reported to the Ethics Commission within fifteen days of that contact through a 15-Day Report. Additionally, Statements of Lobbying Activities and Expenditures (SLAEs) are due semi-annually for all registered principals, regardless of activity level. 

The Wisconsin Ethics Commission also offers a subscription notification service through Eye on Lobbying called FOCUS, which provides a daily email summary of activities related to a user’s lobbying interests. One subscription lasts for an entire two-year legislative session, including special and extraordinary sessions. FOCUS allows you to choose to receive notifications based on keywords, statute chapters and sections, bills, budget bill subjects, administrative rules, and principals. FOCUS also automatically adds to your notifications any legislative matter you have reported through 15-day reporting.

Principals and lobbyists - please visit our Reporting Lobbying Activity page for more information about reporting requirements, FOCUS, and access to user guides.
 

State Agencies Influencing Legislation: Agency Liaisons

State agencies with responsibilities to the legislature are also required to file semi-annual reports disclosing information about employees (state agency liaisons) whose regular duties include attempting to influence legislative action. State agency liaison reports include the names of the liaisons, title, salary, proportionate time spent on legislative activity, and areas of legislative action they are attempting to influence. 
 
State Agency Liaisons and agency admistrative staff - please visit the State Agency Liaisons page for information about reporting requirements and access to user guides.
 

Important Dates 

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
7/31/2017 12:00 AMJanuary 1 - June 30 SLAE dueEye On Lobbyinghttps://lobbying.wi.govYes7/31/2166 11:59 PM
7/31/2017 12:00 AMLegislative Agency Liaison Report dueEye on LobbyingAgency Legislative Liaisions SearchYes7/31/2166 11:59 PM
11/13/2017 1:00 PMWisconsin Lobbying Laws - Overview and Best PracticesRoom 411 South, Wisconsin State CapitolEmail Lobbying@wi.gov to RSVP11/13/2017 3:00 PMEmail Lobbying@wi.gov to RSVP
11/17/2017 9:00 AMWisconsin Lobbying Laws - Overview and Best PracticesRoom 411 South, Wisconsin State CapitolEmail lobbying@wi.gov to RSVP11/17/2017 11:00 AMEmail lobbying@wi.gov to RSVP
1/31/2018 12:00 AMJuly 1 - December 31 SLAE dueEye On Lobbyinghttps://lobbying.wi.govYes1/31/2167 11:59 PMhttps://lobbying.wi.gov
1/31/2018 12:00 AMLegislative Agency Liaison Report dueEye on LobbyingAgency Legislative Liaisions SearchYes1/31/2167 11:59 PM
7/31/2018 12:00 AMJanuary 1 - June 30, 2018 Statement of Lobbying Activities and Expenditures DueEye on Lobbyinghttps://lobbying.wi.govYes7/31/2018 11:59 PM
7/31/2018 12:00 AMLegislative Agency Liaison Report DueEye on LobbyingAgency Legislative Liaison SearchYes7/31/2018 11:59 PM
12/1/2018 12:00 AMLobbying Registration for 2019-20 Session Openslobbying.wi.govYes12/1/2018 11:59 PM
1/31/2019 12:00 AMStatement of Lobbying Activities and Expenditures Report Due --period ends 12/31/18lobbying.wi.gov2/1/2019 11:59 PM
7/31/2019 12:00 AMStatement of Lobbying Activities and Expenditures Report Due --period ends 6/30/19lobbying.wi.gov8/1/2019 11:59 PM