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State of Wisconsin
Government Accountability Board

State of Wisconsin
Government Accountability Board


Standards of Conduct
for state officials, lobbyists and lobbying organizations


Overview of Statutes

The Government Accountability Board, Ethics and Accountability Division, administers and enforces three statutes: (1) Wisconsin's Code of Ethics for Public Officials and Employees, Chapter 19, subch. III, Wisconsin Statutes; (2) Wisconsin's lobbying law, Chapter 13, subch. III, Wisconsin Statutes, and (3) Wisconsin's campaign finance law, Chapter 11, Wisconsin Statutes.  The first two statutes create standards of conduct for certain state officials and employees.  In addition, the lobbying law creates standards of conduct for lobbyists and the organizations and businesses that employ lobbyists.  The Ethics Code applies to state public officials as specified in s.19.42, Wisconsin Statutes.  The lobbying law applies to elected state officials, candidates for elective state office, legislative employees, and state employees who participate in agency rulemaking.  Following is an overview of the statutory standards.


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State Public Officials




  • Act officially in a matter in which privately interested (see guideline)
  • Use public position for private benefit
  • Accept transportation, lodging, food, or beverage except as specifically authorized.
  • Solicit or accept rewards or items or services likely to influence (see guideline)
  • Use confidential information for private benefit
  • Use public position to obtain unlawful benefits
  • Enter into public contracts without notice
  • Charge a fee to represent a person before a state agency (see guideline)
  • Furnish anything of pecuniary value to a state official
  • Instigate legislation to obtain employment
  • Make compensation contingent on outcome of legislative action
  • Make certain campaign contributions except during prescribed period (see guideline)
Organizations Employing a Lobbyist
  • Furnish anything of pecuniary value to a state official except expenses for presenting a talk
Elective State Officials, Agency Officials, Legislative Employees, or Candidates for Elective State Office Former State Public Officials (other than a legislator or legislative employee)




  • Accept anything of pecuniary value from a lobbyist or from a lobbyist's employee
  • Communicate with former agency as a paid representative for 12 months after leaving public office
  • Communicate with any agency as a paid representative for 12 months on matters for which formerly responsible
  • Represent any person other than the state in connection with any proceeding, application, contract, claim, or charge in which the individual was personally and substantially involved as a state public official