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Lobbying Activity

Register and Report Lobbyists and Lobbying Principals

Who Needs to Register and Report

All persons paid to engage in the practice of attempting to influence legislative or administrative action through communication with any county official and all organizations that employ a lobbyist to influence county government must register with the County Clerk. The purpose of registration is to let the citizens of Milwaukee County know who seeks to influence the actions of their county government and to provide county officials and the public with information regarding those who seek to influence the development of county policy.

To preserve the integrity of the policy making process, it is necessary to regulate and publicly disclose the identity, expenditures, and activities of persons who hire others or who are hired to influence actions of the legislative and executive branches of county government. Therefore, principals and lobbyists are required to register and provide information to be maintained as a public record.

Lobbyist and Principal Registrations Reports

Lobbyist and principal registration information is available to the public in the Office of the County Clerk.

2018 Second Quarter Report

2018 First Quarter Report

2017 Final Report

2016 Final Report

2015 Final Report

2014 Final Report

2013 Final Report

2012 Final Report

2011 Final Report

Lobbying Principals Expenditure Reports

Lobbying principals are required to file expense reports biannually with the County Clerk. These reports identify the amount of expenditures by category and the activities of each lobbyist. The reports are available to the public in the Office of the County Clerk.

2018 Lobbying Expenditures

2017 Lobbying Expenditures

2016 Lobbying Expenditures

2015 Lobbying Expenditures

2014 Lobbying Expenditures

2013 Lobbying Expenditures

2012 Lobbying Expenditures

2011 Lobbying Expenditures

How to Register and Report

You must register as a lobbyist or principal and report all expenditures made on behalf of lobbying efforts.

Register

Lobbyists: Complete the Lobbyist Registration Form

Principals: Complete the Principals Registration Form and Authorization for Lobbyist Form

Report Expenditures

All expenditures must be reported within 30 days after the reporting period.

January 1 through June 30: Filing Deadline is July 31

July 1 through December 31: Filing Deadline is January 31

Types of expenses that must be reported:

  • Pro rata compensation to lobbyist(s) and to the principal or officers or employees of the principal for lobbying or expenses
  • Expenditures and obligations incurred in preparing for lobbying
  • A reasonable estimate of lobbying expenditures and obligations incurred for conducting, compiling, or preparing research, information, statistics, studies, or analyses in lobbying
  • Lobbying expenditures and obligations incurred for paid advertising and any other activities conducted for the purpose of urging members of the general public to attempt to influence legislative or administrative action

Registration and Reporting Forms

The following forms are required to be submitted by lobbyists and lobbying principals.

Lobbyist Authorization Form

Lobbyist Registration Form

Principal Registration Form

Principal Expense Form - $1,000 or More

Principal Expense Form - Less Than $1,000

Lobbyist Termination Form

Principal Termination Form

 

Resources

For filing deadlines, fees, expiration dates and other information:

Milwaukee County General Ordinances, Chapter 14

Regulations of Lobbying
 

For answers to commonly asked questions about lobbying

Lobbying Manual

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